This was the story behind the November photo in the 2015 Jenrick charity photo calendar called ‘Quiet thoughts for the fallen’. This moving photo was taken by Philip Fanthom who has worked at Jenrick for over 16 years. Here is Philip's story behind the photo…(click on the image for a close-up view!
“This Picture was taken at the American War Cemetery and Memorial, Colleville-sur-mer, near Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. I have been visiting France for over 20 years, but this was the first time that we decided as a family to explore the historical World War 2 places of interest. This was prompted by one of our son’s school assignments. We had already visited a few of the museums and the landing beaches, which were both educational and amazing.
We agreed to visit the American War Cemetery and War memorial as the last stop on one of our days out. When we arrived it was nearly closing time. There is a very well equipped visitor centre and then a few moments walk along the top of Omaha beach directing towards the cemetery.
Everyone that we were with had the same reaction. We walked through the trees and then ‘BAM’…… you are confronted by a seemingly endless manicured field of perfectly aligned white crosses and other headstones. It was a very emotional moment to reflect that each one represents the life of a (usually) young person. In addition, because it was the end of the day, a military personnel bugler played the 'Last Post' whilst the flag was lowered for the day. The hairs on the back of my neck were literally on end.”
Thank you Philip for sharing the story behind the photo!