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. Taking and holding this bridge was essential in order to facilitate the establishment of a beachhead at Utah Beach and gain sufficient time for the movement inland of men and materials from there. Once the bridge had been secured, movement across the Cotentin was possible, resulting in the isolation of Cherbourg. After a picnic 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. Next comes a comprehensive visit to several sites along Omaha Beach. The tour will then move on to the United States Military Cemetery above Omaha Beach for the close of day ceremony.