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U Page 8 Hells Canyon Journal October 27, 1993 Walt and Phyllis Saunders returned September 15 from a 15 day Historical Tour of Europe. There were about 20 fellow members, and their spouses, of the World War II 20th Armored Division who revisited churches, schools and other buildings where they were bivouacked. They retraced their hard-won steps from approximately 50 years ago in France, Belgium, Lux- embourg, Holland, Austria and Germany. The group spent 5 days in France, where a gala recep- tion was held for them at Buchy, which was the stag- ing area for the 20th. The tour members and towns- people marched to the City Square and presented a plaque to the town, followed by a lavish reception dinner at City Hall. "The older French genera- tion is still appreciative of the Allied liberation of France," Walt Saunders said. Next to Normandy, where they walked on D-Day land- ing sites, Omaha and Utah beaches and saw the artifi- cial harbor at Arromanches and German bunkers. This was the area where the movie "The Longest Day= was filmed. They laid a wreath at the American cemetery in Normandy. In.the 80 day pe- riod beginning June 6, 1944, 28,000 Allies were killed. "We toured the German cemetery, too," Phyllis said, "and there was such a con- trast between the two; ours was so dean, bright and well kept, with f!owers." "The German cemetery had a very different, almost eerie feeling," Walt said. "A gray feeling.= Two days were spent in Paris shopping, viewin the Eiffel Tower, Arc d' Triemphe, Champs Elyseos and Notre Dame Cathedral. A Paris , highlight was a dinner cruise on the Seine past the lighted buildings. In Luxembourg, their tour of the city included laying a wreath at the American Cem- etery. Wait particularly enjoyed seeing the "Belgium Blue= cattle. In Belgium they vis- ited the "Bulge" areas, Bastogne, the Malmedy Mas- sacre site and seeing the ex- quisite Belgium lace. s~t~mM M PHYLLIS SAUNDERS at the American cemetery in Normandy, September 3, 1993. imbmmN plmm BIRTHPLACE OF MOZART in SaLzburg, Austria. GERMAN CEMETERY at Normandy. lmbmm=d idiom They spent a day in Hol- land, shopping at Maastricht and then on to Germany for. six days where they saw the bridge at Remagen where the movieofthat name was made. The group enjoyed viewing Rhine Valle fs castles and vineyards and a night at Boppard on the Rhine River. Driving on the Autobahn, where there is no speed limit, to the medieval town of Rothenburg was exciting. This town, surrounded by a 30'brickwall whichwasbuilt in the 1300s was Walt's fa- vorite town. Past Mainz, southern Germany's largest industrial town, over spec- tacular winding roads, they came to Berchtesgaden, high in the Alps. In Hitler's pri- vate elevator, they ascended 329 feet inside the mountain to his "Eagie's Nest" for a Continued on page 9 Cass Vanderwlele Atwood Rd, Work: 523-6648 HCR 88-Box 6 Home: 523-6075 C ~,, ,,.._ Baker Clty, OR 97814 OUALITY SERVICE SAND -- GRAVEL -- CONCRETE 1-800-606-6648 "Our commitment to ~lou Is concrete" BB90220 l'm STUCK XlerO LOt guam. ........ -