(Christian Post) -- On June 6, 1944, American, British, and Canadian troops with their Allies assaulted Nazi strongholds on Normandy's beaches. Those French sands and cliffs are quiet as a cathedral now, and constitute sacred ground.
The last time I visited was July 4, 2013. Our group included one of our granddaughters who had just finished a five-year stint as a U.S. Marine, rising to Sergeant (E5).
Just as we emerged into the vast cemetery at Omaha Beach with its 9,000-plus graves, a visiting choir broke out with "Amazing Grace," followed by the "Star Spangled Banner." I remembered my first visit in 1995 and my initial impression when I suddenly confronted that burial ground: How great is the price of liberty.
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In 2013 my granddaughter and I hiked down the slope at Omaha, and stood where so many had died. Clusters of young and old planted little American flags in the sand. Here and there others had taken rocks from the stony bottom of the slope and spelled out tender and holy words.