Musee Airborne

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My Mama would always say that George’s picture was  in the Airborne Museum in St-Mere-Eglise.  When we visited the first time in 1999, I looked for the familiar picture.  I found it but was shocked that he was just one of thousands of unnamed paratroopers.   This was the beginning of my journey. . . . I wanted to ensure that his story would be complete and correct into perpetuity.  What better place to begin our family trip to Normandy and then to Cambridge American Cemetery was St-Mere-Eglise where George’s and my journey began.
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Across the village square from the Musee Airborne, is this little church .  The dramatic entry into the village on D-Day  is immortalized with the parachute and manikin.
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This is a tangible memorial to John Steele who was caught on the church roof when he parachuted into St -Mere -Eglise  on the early morning on June 6, 1944.   John hung there limply pretending to be dead  before he was captured by German soldiers.  Steele survived and during his life visited this site many time, always hailed as a hero by the people in the town.  They never forgot  with love and appreciation that St.-Mere-Eglise was the first French village liberated by our heroes, of whom John Steele is one.

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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2 Responses to Musee Airborne

  1. Don Ostertag says:

    Thanks, Anne. Waiting for more posts on your journey.

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