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On June 6,1944, American forces had to land first on the beach, then scale the cliffs. It was a horrific killing field.

On June 6,1944, American forces had to land first on the beach, then scale the cliffs. It was a horrific killing field.

Omaha Beach, Normandy, France: Hedgerows American forces had to slug through after   landing on beach and scaling cliff.

Omaha Beach, Normandy, France: Hedgerows American forces had to slug through after landing on beach and scaling cliff.

Normandy, France: German command bunker not far from Pegasus Bridge, where the British landed on June 6, 1944. Bunkers are all along the Normandy coast.

Normandy, France: German command bunker not far from Pegasus Bridge, where the British landed on June 6, 1944. Bunkers are all along the Normandy coast.

Bayou near Henderson Landing in southwest Louisiana.

Bayou near Henderson Landing in southwest Louisiana.

Lady Liberty from afar ... | Photo By: Becky Lee | Thank you for sharing

Lady Liberty from afar ... | Photo By: Becky Lee | Thank you for sharing

Henderson Landing! The building to the far right is where bands come and the good times roll.

Henderson Landing! The building to the far right is where bands come and the good times roll.

My husband and I spent two weeks in Normandy, France, this summer. So much of the rural countryside reminded me of Louisiana -- like this hay field -- except hay's rolled differently.

My husband and I spent two weeks in Normandy, France, this summer. So much of the rural countryside reminded me of Louisiana -- like this hay field -- except hay's rolled differently.

Normandy's beaches are the only place in the world with 2 tides. Tractor's pulling in boat before tide hits and all you see will be covered with water.

Normandy's beaches are the only place in the world with 2 tides. Tractor's pulling in boat before tide hits and all you see will be covered with water.

The historic 1700s town of New Roads hugs False River (on the left, with Rougon to the right). Students at Louisiana State University in nearby Baton Rouge flock here during the spring and summer for water sports.

The historic 1700s town of New Roads hugs False River (on the left, with Rougon to the right). Students at Louisiana State University in nearby Baton Rouge flock here during the spring and summer for water sports.

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