Here are Eric Labourdette’s own words about his jump into La Friere Bridge zone in June 2017. https://talesalongtheway.com/2017/08/11/eric-labourette-guide-extraordinaire/
” I wanted to jump to honor and remember the sacrifice of all those paratroopers who gave their lives for our freedom. I am an old paratrooper and a Navy Commando. In May, I was at the jump school of round Canopy Parachute Team in le Havre in Normandy to jump.
After five jumps, I was a paratrooper of the RCPT and it was possible for me to jump during the first week of June. I was in ninth position in the stick in the plane.
And my landing was at the end of the drop zone not far from Cauquigny. I noticed the noise and vibration of the engine. But no one was firing ! The jump master ordered, “Stand and hook up.” My heart accelerated. The American jump master jumped first. I remember to see the ground when I crossed the door. Checked the canopy. It was fantastic to see the drop zone, La Fiere Bridge and the large visiting crowd I landed at the end of the DZ.
A grandfather was very close with his grandchildren. They ran over asking to take pictures with me. I was proud and honored. We took pictures with my M42 jacket of the 82nd Airborne. I hope that those who died here can see that they are not forgotten. This was a beautiful day in the life of an old paratrooper.
Live your dreams Honor and remember
Eric ended, “This part of Normandy is a new star in your flag, God bless all those young soldiers who died in June of 1944. ( Amen! My affirmation with Eric’s prayer.)