My grandfather wrote this letter to my grandmother from his initial staging point, “somewhere in England.” His words describe London and Oxford as his “old stamping grounds,” and it makes me glad to know that in some way, I’ve already begun retracing footsteps, since London has been my home base for the last three weeks. The day trip I took to Oxford surely counts too.
Tomorrow, I set sail from “somewhere in England.” I will be crossing the English Channel by ferry and landing in St. Malo. At this point, sailing on a modern ferry is the closest reenactment I can manage.
My grandfather landed in Normandy on August 3, 1944. I will be landing on July 29, 2014 – just a few days shy of exactly 70 years ago.