Being an American, and especially an American who has a family member in the military, there are several historical/military sites that are sacred. These places give us perspective, give us a better understanding of our past, and allow us to be thankful to live in the best country in the world. One is the Normandy region of France. (Others on my list include Pearl Harbor, Arlington National Cemetery, Ground Zero, etc.) Spending a few days in Normandy was well worth the out-of-the-way travel. We had the opportunity to see several WWII battle sites: Pont du Hoc (the site where the Army Rangers first took the French coastline), Omaha Beach (the famous beach where 3,600 Americans were killed), Longues-sur-Mer Battery (an essential site for German artillery), the American Cemetery and Memorial, and the German Cemetery.