Responding to @Chris In the meantime, @ptaylor898 posted also
Wow, I love this thread and the images you both have posted, especially of the folks in uniforms of the time. It is interesting that you met German tourists attending as well.
@Chris The color filters you used for many of the images of the people in historic uniforms are just right!
What a fantastic experience to have seen this - and talked to fellows who were actually there on D Day. The time left to talk to vets of WWII is rapidly drawing to a close. I wonder if there are recorded audible interviews of WW II vets , like the Brits did of WWI vets in the late 1920s? I know of many excellent books written by WW II vets.
How can the youngest generation ever fully understand when the vets are gone, you ask?
Sadly, I'm not sure they ever can. I see youtube interviews on college campuses of multiple adolescents, including college students, who cannot answer what country the Civil War was fought in, or when it occurred - a war that cost this country almost 650,000 military deaths and probably half that many civilian deaths. That a sitting president had his life blown away by a derringer in Ford's theatre.
I am fortunate to possess actual paper letters of ancestors of mine, written as they marched from Indiana to Georgia and back, describe the camps and afflictions of the survivors. Little mention is made of the battles they fought in, or of the casualties. There were lots of questions about how the family and their farm was getting along. Hard, practical people who didn't dwell on their own hardships. Imagine marching from Vicksburg to Atlanta in the summer time. or standing night watch in Tennessee in 12º Fahrenheit in January.
I am certain before the 100th anniversary of D Day there will be similar interviews about when it occurred and where it was fought - things you and I just know and take for granted that every American should know in their marrow.
Every generation has to learn history anew, and history has a hard time competing with streaming videos from youtube these days, I suspect.
@Chris As a amateur photographer, I am quite struck by your use of depth of field and color and monchrome choices. I don't want to yank this thread into a discussion of photo technique, but is it possible to see some of this information somewhere else in another thread, maybe?