‘The hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.’
—Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, 6 June 1944.
On June 6th, 1944, more than 160,000 American, Canadian, and British soldiers landed on five beaches (Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha, and Utah), located on the Coast of Normandy, France. Up against a heavily fortified Nazi German Army, the Allies’ mission was to secure a foothold in Europe. More than 9,000 Allied soldiers would be killed or wounded along the 50 miles of Normandy Coast that fateful day. The success of the mission ultimately led to the Allies’ victory in Europe on May 8th, 1945.
In honor of those who have served, I will walk from the Museum of the Atlantic Wall to the Utah Beach Landing Museum. On my way, I will stop at the five landing beaches as well as the Normandy American Cemetery. I will set out on May 16th, 2018 and complete the walk by May 18th, traveling roughly 55 miles.
I am an Army veteran and Army reservist. On this pilgrimage to remember those who sacrificed so much in the invasion of Normandy, I will also be working to raise awareness of, and contributions for, an organization that works to support our veterans and their families.
I am a believer in Fisher House’s mission to help families stay connected while loved ones receive treatment at nearby VA facilities. Your donation can help military and veterans’ families feel that glimmer of hope when they need it the most, at a time of a medical crisis. 100% of all donations will go to Fisher House.
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About Hayden Blumenfeld
Hayden Blumenfeld currently resides in Irvine and is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where he completed ROTC. He is an Army veteran and currently serves as an officer in the United States Army Reserve.
In Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, I came across a small monument to an American paratrooper who fought on D-Day on an old stone water pump . It reads: “An American paratrooper hid in the recess behind this pump. Broad-shouldered but lean, he was clearly older than his comrades, his face lined with wrinkles, his eyes pale and …
Hayden reports that he has completed the Remembrance Walk: Below are pictures from Day 2. His blog post is to follow. Normandy American Cemetery: Omaha Beach: Utah Beach:
Sailing across the English Channel to France, it’s easy to reflect on what is was like for the the soldiers and marines who crossed it so many years ago. As the ferry approached Normandy, I looked out on the coast and imagined that these beaches were once filled with war. Today I visited Sword, Juno, …