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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
Whether you have studied the Normandy Landing in detail, or are just a visitor, this is a place you want to go. It has a great multimedia room to inform you of what happened, that then leads you to the cemetery. It is beautifully and...More
The way this cemeterry is located is unique. Next to the beach were many of the soldiers died.
A great monument is dominating the area where some many found their last resting place and paid the highest price so we can live in freedom.
I visited the American war graves in September 2018. Before I went I tried to imagine the sheer size of what just under 10,000 war graves would look like. I was so took back when I arrived no what direction I looked in the graves...More
I've been a WWII buff most of my life and this is one of the big ones. We took an excursion from Paris through Viator. This was a full day (6:30am to 9:00pm) trip which included stops at the Mémorial de Caen (lunch provided), Pointe...More
Without a doubt one of the most memorable and peaceful places that u have ever been. The amount of care and respect shown at the cemetary was amazing and even surpassed Arlington Cemetary. I can't imagine a finer spot to have a relative be buried...More
What a wonderful place to visit ! There was so much to see and read about and seeing the graves made you realise just how many men lost there lives for us , beautiful gardens to walk around , toilets avalible on arrival
The American Cemetery at Normandy is one of the most moving experiences that you will every feel. The rows of headstones are in perfect alignment with great landscaping & well manicured grounds. The museum on site is just as moving & a must see. Try...More
Visited late afternoon and the car park was very full including a number of coaches. Don't let this put you off as this is a humbling place to visit. The cemetery is immaculate and the crosses stretch as far as the eye can see. You...More
On our Band of Brothers tour, we stopped at the Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial. I was not only impressed with the reverence that everyone expressed to those who made the ultimate sacrifice, but also by how incredibly well maintained the grounds are. Not a...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.