On June 6, 1944, Allied soldiers descended on the beaches of Normandy for D-Day, an operation that turned the tide of the Second World War against the Nazis, marking the beginning of the end of the conflict. Reuters photographer Chris Helgren compiled archive pictures taken during the invasion and went back to the same places to photograph them as they appear today.
My father participated in the 50th Anniversary flyover of Normandy with VA-34 Blue Blasters. They painted invasion stripes on the A-6Es and flew a missing man formation over the beach. He gave me a photo of the occasion. According to him, the bunkers still smell of gunpowder.
In a way. It’s actually really nice to see people enjoying life at Normandy….. It’s the reason all those men died there… I’m going to visit there one day.