D-Day Tours by Geert Van den BogaertTour Guide in Bayeux, Basse-Normandie, France
Creating a window in the souls of those who fought on D-Day is something I aim for on my tours. Excellent documentaries (except for the archive footage which doesn't match the locations unfortunately... ) like this 2014 ITV production called "If I don't Come Home - Letters from D-Day" are very powerful and help us conect with those who were there...https://vimeo.com/97802055
Unlike Paris, no snow in Normandy for my first tour of the season. It sure took some courage for my clients to brave the wind and bitter cold however! It helped that they were from Cincinnati, OH and discovered the story of the daring D-Day raid at Pointe du Hoc by US Army Rangers. Plenty of inspiration to brave the elements!
Hello Facebook followers! For the last 3 years I have been priviledged to create a special WWII tour experience for family members of over 50 Normandy veterans, running my tour company called Normandy Heroes. This has been an amazing and extremely meaningful experience and I hope to continue to offer this service in the coming years. I have also welcomed and guided an ever growing number of travellers who just want to discover and connect with the D-Day story. I want to since...rely thank all of my clients for touring with me! To continue to offer the most powerful and appropriate tour for all, I have decided to change my page name to D-Day Tours by Geert Van den Bogaert. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com for future inquiries so I can put together your D-Day tour and create a lasting memory that will help preserve history today and tomorrow! Best regards, Geert Van den Bogaert
Last year Steven Skorka traced the footsteps of his uncle, Pfc. Harry Parley (flamethrower operator with E Company, 116th IR, 29th ID) from Omaha beach to Saint-Lô with Normandy Heroes (http://normandyheroes.com/their-hero/visitor-to-hell/). After several months of e-mailing back and forth following Steven's tour, I am proud to announce Harry now has a plaque dedicated in his honour on the 29th Division Wall of Remembrance in Saint-Jean-de-Savigny. The plaque was dedicated on 21 July 2016 in the presence of numerous locals, a group of US students with Normandy Allies (http://normandyallies.org/) and 2 Normandy veterans Steven Melnikoff (29th ID) and Royston O'Neil (Royal Corps of Signals)
June has been a busy month on the D-Day battlefields for Normandy Heroes and it ended with a powerful visit to the American Cemetery with the student & teachers who are part of National History Day's "Silent Heroes" Program. Every year the students research the story of a Silent Hero buried at Normandy and read moving and meaningful eulogies at his grave. Normandy Heroes is proud to support this important program which helps younger generations remember the sacrifices in Normandy in 1944.
On this Memorial Day weekend Normandy Heroes remembers all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Normandy during WWII. Special thoughts for Edward Sobczyk, Exercise Tiger disaster survivor and Utah Beach D-Day veteran (SS, PH) who toured with us in 2014. Edo passed away last night and has now joined his fallen comrades in the 4th ID. Safe landing Edo...
When Katina Patitsas travelled to Normandy to follow the footsteps of her uncle Sgt. John Pikolas (E/119th, 30th ID) with Normandy Heroes, her husband Chris, a Greek Orthodox priest, conducted a moving Easter service at Sgt. Pikolas' grave at the Normandy American Cemetery. Sgt. Pikolas' spirit is still very much alive at this iconic site...For a video of the service at Sgt. Pikolas' grave click the following link:
Normandy Heroes wishes all of you a Happy Easter
Bringing the "big picture" down to the individual level often reveals the true meaning of combat during the Normandy campaign in WWII. When Normandy Heroes took Ed Smail on a tour to follow the footsteps of his uncle Pfc. Alex Cameron (I Company, 134th IR, 35th ID) he discovered the perfect example of this. A map showing only a 2 mile advance in 4 days, a long list of dead and wounded (including Pfc. Cameron on 17 July 1944) and a first hand description from the time mentionning "a French countryside considerably scarred" and " small towns and hamlets some of wich completely levelled". Pfc. Cameron survived the war only to be killed in an oil tanker explosion in 1954.
Learn how to better preserve the WWII documents related to your Normandy Hero in this upcoming National WWII Museum webinar on 22 January. Cost: $10$ Free for museum members
Cleaning out your attic as a New Year’s resolution and find some of your relative’s WWII belongings?
Join Toni Kiser, Assistant Director for Collections Manage...ment, as she points out hazards and provides some easy tips to ensure the protection of these precious materials from generations past.
Cover photo of the week: U.S. Army soldiers take shelter and rest in the cellar of a building following heavy combat with German forces at Tessy-sur-Vire, 1 August 1944