A Poignant Moment at the Gallery

08 Jun

2nd Rangers at my exhibition

Arrived at the Gallery yesterday morning to check paintings and add some cards and the room was full of local dignitaries and 2nd Rangers from America.  There were in Bude to unveil a memorial to the U.S. Rangers who were stationed in Bude during the second world war.

My mother has memories of them. They were very generous and threw cigarettes and sweets out their lorries whenever they went through town.  My uncle has donated a baseball bat signed by rangers at the time to the local museum which is holding an exhibition of memorabilia and stories based on their time here.

One of the Rangers from Michigan told us they had been to London and were going on to Normandy to visit the war graves. Saving Private Ryan with Tom Hanks was based on a group of 2nd Rangers who were sent to France to find Private Ryan.   And unfortunately in reality many of the Rangers never did make it home.  They were involved in the d-day landings and also assaults all along the coast of Normandy.

Bude people link   to the story.


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3 responses to “A Poignant Moment at the Gallery

  1. Elizabeth Lantz

    June 25, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    That is my nephew Payton Paweleck with the blonde hair, I could not be more proud of him, thank you so much for the picture.

    • artbythesea

      June 25, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      How did you come across my blog and this picture? I am blown away by the fact that you should see this and it is your nephew. Have you forwarded him the link? I just went to the gallery to check my pictures and they were there. We had a quick chat with one of them outside from Michigan but cannot remember his name. My mother has fond memories of the rangers being in Bude and my fathers cousin donated a baseball bat signed by the american rangers here in the early 1940’s to the local museum. These moments make writing a blog very special. Thankyou for your message.

  2. Annie

    June 9, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Such a shame there was not more pubilicity – I saw the American Flag over Bude but would have had no idea why it was flying if it wasn’t for you post. Thanks for sharing x


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