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Overlooking Omaha Beach, the launching point of the U.S. invasion of Normandy, this cemetery contains the graves of 9,386 American soldiers who died at Normandy and a touching memorial to another 1,557 whose bodies were never recovered.
Saint Laurent Sur Mer, 14710 Colleville-sur-Mer, France
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First time visit as part of a cruise excursion. We visited Omaha and Gold beaches plus the American War cemetery. Cemetery and surrounds are very well maintained. Museum is full of amazing information. Very well put together.
I had first visited this cemetery on a visit in high school; we went to the cemetery for the flag retreat in the afternoon and I remember crying at the poignancy. This year, in revisiting the cemetery with my parents, I wanted to show them...More
An emotional visit for anyone visiting this memorial. I had previously visited the American Cemetery in Tunisia so had an idea of what to expect but was overwhelmed by the gravity of the location overlooking Omaha Beach. Spend time in the visitor center and definitely...More
Words fail to describe the emotions that overtook me as I stood in the center of this holy place. My father had landed on Omaha beach at H + 12 hours and survived. The cemetery is immaculate with every marker and blade of grass in...More
We've visited this cemetery befor and its such a moving place to visit, lots of people from many countries and with the centenary approaching it was even more profound, the gardens are immaculate and such a lot of work must go into keeping it like...More
It's a humbling experience to witness. I suggest getting a tour so you get 'correct' historical background. I also recommend arriving for the 4 pm TAPs ceremony and USA Flag lowering. It's incredible to watch in complete silence with 500 people. Very respectful and inspiring....More
Cultural differences, decided by architects. Allied cemeteries are more like gardens. German cemeteries blend in with their environment. Plants grow freely and trees are not pollarded, according to German mythology's... More
Cultural differences, decided by architects. Allied cemeteries are more like gardens. German cemeteries blend in with their environment. Plants grow freely and trees are not pollarded, according to German mythology's concept of communion between Man and Nature The architecture of these cemeteries is austere but leaves a lot of room for trees to "watch over the eternal rest of the soldiers". The cemeteries often give the impression of being in a forest. It is not true that the Treaty of Versailles obliged the Germans to be buried with black crosses as symbols of the vanquished. There is no such clause. There are many cases of WW2 German soldiers buried in Allied cemeteries, with white headstones (viz. Cemetery near Pegasus Bridge).
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My thinking is Bayeux is the closest. I did the same a few months back, train from Paris to Bayeux and based there for a few nights. I did organized tours and they all run from Bayeux. If you are renting a car options are... More
My thinking is Bayeux is the closest. I did the same a few months back, train from Paris to Bayeux and based there for a few nights. I did organized tours and they all run from Bayeux. If you are renting a car options are limited there so likely would stop in Caen and rent a car then drive. Cemetery i think is around 10-12 miles from Bayeux.