We came home to Wayne to see the parade this Memorial Day. An old-fashioned, patriotic American tradition…fun and moving, too. This year’s hero was Marine Major General James Livingston – winner of the Medal of Honor. He walked a mile with Cubs & Boy Scouts.
Fire Engines, Marching Bands and loads of Little Leaguers, Scouts and Valley Forge Military Academy cadets marched and drove by the crowd.
Patriotism is in the air…and we are leaving on Thursday (6/2/16) for Paris to board an Avalon Waterways river cruise down the River Seine to the Beaches of Normandy, which gives meaning to the phrase “Freedom is not Free” like no place else on earth.
We visited the WWII Museum in New Orleans as part of our preparation and recommend it heartily to anyone who wants to have a deeper understanding of that conflict. We spent two full days there and could spend another day easily…and we will, if anyone wants to go with us.
Part of the enjoyment and learning was enhanced by a deep dive into their archives on a Friday “Behind the Lines” tour with a resident historian. They are renovating a 78 foot long mahogany PT boat in its own building there…built by Andrew Higgins. Eisenhower said if it wasn’t for Higgins, we would not have won the war…he was New Orleans guy, who also designed the landing craft boat shown below.
So, we will be on the internet with the blog as we travel – if wifi is willing. Dick and Chris Oliver are going with us…Dick, Nancy and I all have birthdays this month and the trip is part of that celebration. June 7th is our day to tour Normandy’s beaches and the American Cemetery there. We will be back in the USofA on June 11th. Au Revoir for now.