Omaha Beach is one of those places where a little homework yields immense dividends. Looking at it today, it's almost impossible to imagine what it must have been like nearly 70 years ago. It's a gorgeous stretch of beach, almost serene, and remarkably undeveloped (a very good thing). On the other hand, if you're a WWII history buff (and I am) and you've read up on the Normandy landings, seeing Omaha for the first time gives you chills. You can stand in Vierville at the exact spot where the 116th Company A came ashore in the first wave and was all but eliminated; you can see the bluffs and the draws the GIs tried to conquer; you can look out at the beach at low tide and in mind's eye see the obstacles, the shingle and the barbed wire; doing all that, you begin to understand exactly what a testament to American courage and leadership Omaha really is. If you go, do read Stephen Ambrose's D-Day first, cover to cover, and you'll find extraordinary meaning in your visit. And do go all the way from Vierville (actually start at Pointe du Hoc) east to St. Laurent and Colleville, then to the American cemetery, to take in the full experience. It makes you proud and humbled to be an American today.
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