We had initially planned on only spending one day visiting D-Day-related sites during our time in the Normandy region. We quickly discovered, however, that one day was going to be enough time to see everything that we had hoped to see. We changed up our itinerary and, rather than driving to Mont St Michel in the morning, we visited Omaha Beach in San-Laurent-sur-Mer first and then headed on to Mont St Michel. There was quite a bit to see in San Laurent, so the detour was definitely worth it.
We were surprised to see that the name “Omaha Beach” had stuck — it was the Allies’ code name for the beach. I’d assume that the beaches had other names prior to the D-Day invasion.
I was surprised to see so many remembrance crosses — I think they were at every D-Day sight that we visited during our trip. It was very touching to see how appreciative they are — to this day — of the men and women who fought for their freedom.
The inscription on the following memorial reads: “The Allied Forces landing on this shore which they call Omaha Beach liberate Europe – June 6th 1944.”
We learned in our guidebook that these are pieces of a mulberry harbor that had been recovered from a scrapyard and restored.