Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer

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Normandy American Cemetery honors American soldiers who died in Europe during World War II. Most of the 9,387 graves contain the remains of American soldiers and military personnel who lost their lives during the D-Day landings and the operations that followed. East of the memorial, the semicircle garden has 1,557 names inscribed on the "Walls of the Missing,” with rosettes denoting the names of those who have since been identified. The semicircular colonnade has one loggia at each end containing narratives of military operations as well as huge maps. See the iconic bronze statue called the “Spirit of American Youth” in its center and, overlooking the beach, a tablet depicting the Normandy landings. Use our Colleville-sur-Mer trip tool to arrange your visit to Normandy American Cemetery and other attractions in Colleville-sur-Mer.
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  • We should never be allowed to forget the sacrifice that so many made for our 'freedom'. It is a stark reminder of some of those lives lost. 
    We should never be allowed to forget the sacrifice that so many made for our 'freedom'. It is a stark reminder of some of those lives lost.  more »
  • A solemn and serene memorial to the soldiers that died in the D-day landing in the style of Arlington. The perfectly manicured grass, graves, and memorials are a fitting tribute to those that... 
    A solemn and serene memorial to the soldiers that died in the D-day landing in the style of Arlington. The perfectly manicured grass, graves, and memorials are a fitting tribute to those that...  more »
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  • Can’t give this enough stars. So beautiful and meaningful and powerful. The free tour was fantastic and worth taking to find out some beautiful stories about some of those buried there. We also happened upon a service while we were there, which was nice.
  • I’ve been wanting to come here for decades. I made it my sole purpose on July Fourth to come and pay respects to the men who sacrificed everything for freedom, some may disagree, but the the idea of leaving the comforts of your home thousands of miles away knowing you may not return to the arms of your loved ones is profoundly heroic, tragic, uplifting and honorable. The respect and honor the keepers tend to this place is commendable, even almost 80 years after the events of D-Day. At 2:30PM, the Star Spangled Banner and Taps were played. Don’t know if it happens on the half hour routinely or if it was a July Fourth thing, regardless it made the visit even more special.

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