12 Sep 2008 8:18 am   //   Filed under: Photos

Omaha Beach, 1944 and 2008

Last week I stood barefoot on the soft sands of Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. I tried to match the angle of Robert Capa’s famous photograph of the soldier emerging from the waves during the first wave of the 1944 invasion. I consider myself cynical about war, not a war history buff, but while in Paris I felt compelled to take a day trip to tour the D-Day battlefields. I found it powerfully moving. Imagine: We fought because we had to.