Although not much to do with motor racing nostalgia, we have oft visited TNF threads on Spitfires & Lancasters etc, but it's surely a little surprising that no-one as far as I can see, has made any mention of what most of the free World is commemorating today. I passed through Normandy two weeks ago, and I'm always impressed by how big an annual event June 6th is over there, British, Canadian and US flags & bunting everywhere, coachloads of visitors including schoolchildren at all the notable sites, and surprising numbers of WW2 vehicles like Jeeps scurrying around the roads. We've visited most of the cemeteries, memorials, museums and other significant places over the years, wife & I were both born some years after all the unpleasantness ended, but the events of 1944 still mean a great deal to us, and very many others. This time we visited a site we hadn't been to before, Point du Hoc not far from Bayeux. This was the site of a heroic attack by American Rangers on gun emplacements atop high cliffs, which meant climbing from the beach using ropes and ladders, but they were ultimately successful, though a large proportion were killed in the hand to hand fighting. The extensive site is well laid out with a visitors' centre, car parks & paths, and lots of explanatory notices, but what impressed us most was the attendance, 70 years after the event, on a late May weekday with scattered thunderstorms, the place was packed, and I don't think I've ever seen so many Americans in a single place at one time before, almost all serious and respectful, and impressively knowledgeable about what had taken place there all those years ago.
All in all, a moving experience that will stay in my memory for a long time.
Edited by kayemod, 06 June 2014 - 14:45.