Tour One will focus upon the 82nd Airborne assault and liberation of Sainte Mere Eglise, a small yet strategically very important town in Normandy's Cotentin Peninsula. Thereafter, the tour will move a short distance to the west and stop at the site of the Battle of La Fiere Bridge, which straddles the Merderet River. Holding this bridge was essential in order to facilitate the establishment of a beachhead at Utah beach and gain sufficient time to for the movement inland of men and materials from there. After a lunch stop, the tour will move along to the west of Omaha Beach at Pointe du Hoc, in order to gain some understanding of the inconceivable bravery of the United States Rangers. The tour will then move on to the United States Military Cemetery at Omaha Beach for the close of day ceremony. The tour will culminate at the gun battery at Longues-sur-Mer. The tour will include a lunch stop, with a super picnic included, and pick up and drop off at a location convenient for you and your companions taking the tour.