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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  • Exceptional in every way. The grounds are immaculate, the cemetery itself designed in such a way that it invokes calm and space to reflect. The guide we had was wonderful. The museum is easily one of the best I have ever experienced: they do an incredible job of threading the needle between informing you on a macro and logistical level, while simultaneously providing a human perspective, by including the minutiae of individual soldiers lives, experiences, and personal accounts. The combination leaves you truly stunned and allows you to feel the impact of a world war, something that is at times so abstract. My thanks and compliments to all and everyone whose hard work went into creating this space both past and present. We must never forget.

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