D Day. What a day today was. Going up to Veterans and hearing their stories from the war. Playing on French national television. Playing the National Hymn for France while the people of France sang along. The giant aircrafts flying so close overhead that you feel the rumbling of your chest. Marching through the streets of Sainte Mere Eglise while people of all nationalities cheered us on.
It was all completely overwhelming. The sense of world peace brought tears to people's eyes multiple times.
But it was all sort of a mystery at first to everyone in the band it seemed. We all knew the history of what today meant to the wonderful people of France and were looking forward to performing for the many folks from all different nationalities. However, we had no idea the emotional toll it would have taken on each of us as Americans who grew up in much different and in some ways, simpler times . Today was a day that every human being should experience. The joining of two allies, celebrating a beautifully tragic, historical event.
In a world where there seems to be much chaos, we found ourselves today to be tranquilized of that effect. Many smiles, hugs, salutes, and new friendships were exchanged today in Sainte Mere Eglise.
We've said it before and we will never be able to say it enough, but we are incredibly thankful for this momentous experience and thank each and everyone of you, especially who are at home, following our blogs, Facebook , Twitter, etc! For without your ongoing support, none of this would have been possible.
We say "Bon Voyage" to Honfluer. After a memorial performance at Omaha Beach tomorrow morning we will depart for a 3 hour ride to Paris, our home for the rest of our stay!
Expect lots of pictures and lots of thoughts over the next couple of days!!