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Normandy was and still is primarily a rural dairy farming area


Why is Saint Mere Eglise important?

This town was the hub of many roads going to the beaches, especially Utah Beach.  The 82nd Airborne Division landed here at night to prevent any German counter attacks headed for the beaches.  The paratroopers deliberately landed into an area where they knew that they were going to be surrounded. They held on for several days until they were relieved by land-based troops.


Saint Mere Eglise Church under German occupation



Saint Mere Eglise Church May 2010 but viewed from the opposite corner





Parts of the 82nd Airborne Division landed into the middle of town where a German garrison was stationed.
Unfortunately, many paratroopers perished even before they had a chance to fight.



John Steele died in 1968 at the age of 56.



After the war, many American GIs did not return to Normandy as they needed to dedicate time to families, education and careers.  By the early 1960's, those GI's were established enough in life to return to Normandy and re-establish old bonds. 

Those WW-II veterans are now well into their 80's. Approximately 1000 pass away every day.



Airborne Museum on Sainte Mere Eglise























Few businesses stay open late

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