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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Basse-Normandie, France — Lower Normandy (Atlantic Coast)
 

Remember Omaha

Les Braves - To Those Brave Men

 
 
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By Don Morfe, June 28, 2008
1. Remember Omaha Beach Marker
Inscription.
Left side of marker:

Remember Omaha

They climbed aboard with anxious heart,
The madly sea-tossed landing-craft,
The Sea-fog on that sad morn,
All but shrouded the pale dawn,
As it heav’n itself dared not see
the hounds of hell that day set free.

Remember Omaha
They disembarked under hail of shot,
Spewing up all-one knew not what -
Facing those cliffs, with gunfire ablaze,
Waves bore broken bodies along
The length of that encrimsoned strand,
Where Death was given so free a hand.

Remember Omaha
They were no heroes
Though all were heroic
In that eventful day,
When mankind put all at stake.
It’s an understatement to say
That our liberty was dearly bought
At the time of that first onslaught.

Remember Omaha
The foam is red.
All is now still, save for the breeze
That carries back, across the seas
The souls of America’s sons,
Whilst the sun, now and then, warms
Those twenty-year olds who sleep today
Facing the sea in Normandy.

Jean

Right side of the marker:

Vaisseau de fer
Si noble si fier
Dan la Lumière
De Saint Laurent sur Mer

Sculpture Sublime
Hommage ultime
Sur
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By Don Morfe, June 28, 2008
2. Remember Omaha Beach Marker
le rivage
Aux héros d'un autre âge

Vaisseau de fer
Defiant les temps
Dans nos mémoires
Aux ailes, de la Fraternité
et de l'Espoir déployées,
Portées de le Souffle de l'Histoire
Debout la Liberté!

An iron ship, so noble, so free,
without the shadow of a cloud
over Saint Laurent-on-Sea.

A sculpture sublime
on the sea-shore
to past heroes:
a homage in our time.

A ship of iron,
time-defying in our thoughts
on each side, Hope and Fraternity,
and, central, Liberty dearly bought.
In the whole, a breath of history
murmurs. “Hold fast our Liberty”.

Jean
 
Location. 49° 22.256′ N, 0° 52.773′ W. Marker is in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Basse-Normandie. Marker is at the intersection of Avenue de la Liberation (D517) and Rue Bernard Anquetil on Avenue de la Liberation (D517). Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Basse-Normandie 14710, France.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Les Braves - To Those Brave Men (here, next to this marker); Omaha Beach (within shouting distance of this marker); Omaha Beach, haut lieu du Débarquement du 6 juin 1944 (within
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By Don Morfe, June 28, 2008
3. Omaha Beach
shouting distance of this marker); Operation Aquatint (within shouting distance of this marker); Omaha la Sanglante - Bloody Omaha (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); Le sacrifice des soldats américains sur la plage de Vierville (approx. 1.9 kilometers away); 29th Infantry Division at Vierville-sur-Mer (approx. 1.9 kilometers away); National Guard of the United States Memorial (approx. 1.9 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.
 
Categories. War, World II
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 199 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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