75th anniv of D Day tour on a WW2 Harley

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  1. Rdy2Trvl

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    Thank you Doug, for visiting and sharing your respectful travels to a most important historical landmark..
    My Father served that day, his name is listed at the Memorial at Juno Beach.
    Everyone of the participants ARE Heroes,
    I'll be forever grateful of their sacrifices.
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    There are alot, I mean ALOT of reenactors dressed up in American WW2 uniforms. But none are Americans. Which seemed a bit odd. I met Dutch and British, but most were french and of course dont speak any english.
    We already know my feelings on that tribe.: D

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    You never disappoint in RRs, Doug. This one touched way deep. My grandfather came into Normandy in August 44 over the Mulberry harbor at Gold in a railroad unit. His crew repaired the tracks & trains that all sides had blown at DDay. Everybody knows about the Red Ball Express truck ops from the rear to front, my granddad helped expedite that network by stabilizing the French rails to advance as the front advanced.

    The railroad battalion's crest motto: KEEP THEM ROLLING

    EDIT: found it on the internet!

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    Is it really odd to meet mostly french reenactors people in France ? And you know, some french people can even write some english on advrider ! :lol3
    The d-day anniversary is a really big thing in France, there were a lot of special tv shows with a lot of veterans interviews. Lots of them were hosted in french families. Some of them in the same family each year.
    French people are usually not very fond of your current president but the friendship links between our 2 peoples last since your independence war.
    People are very grateful for the liberation of France and that explains the number of french reenactors. :clap
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    Our campground had a guy selling some cheese and sausages. Most cheese was aged 2 years, it was good, but I asked him if he had any fresh cheese, even if it cost more. Something made this year!

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    June 6th, D Day, 6:31am. 75 years later. I wanted to be on the beach for this moment.
    It was quite surreal to think of the hell the guys were going thru then, and how serene it was today.

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    I was asked by a friend back in Alabama to write the name of his father and his best friend on some paper and bury it at Normandy, so I did this on Utah beach at sunrise, June 6th.
    These 2 guys survived D Day, and the war to go home and live their lives still best friends.

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    We rode down the beach to the museum, where they were doing a memorial service, lots of WW2 vehicles and period clothing

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    We went back to the campground for a bit, and when we got ready to leave, the roads were closed because of some bigwigs speeches down at the monument.
    Sk a good time to do some bike maintenance and stuff, just a good look over. Well I found one of the nuts on the rear rack mounting bolts had fallen off, and the vibration and weight of the luggage had broken the tab on the other side of the frame.
    So I took another bolt, and a wrench as a spacer, and sandwiched it back together. It's been holding fine since.

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    I also notice one of the cylinder base flanges had broken. I put a big washer under the nut, and fixed it till I get home.
    Hope so, anyhow!

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    Great report, and thanks for representing all who wish they could be there. I had the pleasure of meeting one of just 12 remaining survivors of the USS Indianapolis a few weeks ago at BNA. Truly humbling to be in the presence of men and women of that generation who served, and all those who followed.
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    20190522_095212.jpg 20190522_094545.jpg Superb report and comments. We stood in S t Mere Eglise a few weeks ago. We always stop to pay our respects on our way to the ferry in Cherbourg.
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    About french US army re reenactors, what I meant was, they were all wearing US uniforms, no WW2 french army uniforms.
    Oh wait.......
    Hmmmmmm
    Nevermind.......

    I also didn't see any German uniforms, in fact I met a couple German guys, dressed up like US soldiers.
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    June 7th, went to a military swapmeet, where I had to keep reminding myself 'I'm on a motorcycle, dont buy anything big!'

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    June 8th, headed east, visiting sites along the way, first was Point du Hoc, a group of army rangers climbed the cliff and took over this gun placement before DDay

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