June 6, 2012

The American Cemetery and Memorial

American Cemetery

American Cemetery

The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer is the final resting place of 9,387 American troops who lost their lives during the D-Day invasion and subsequent battles, and a memorial to another 1,557 who could not be identified or located.

If you are in Normandy, or even close to Normandy, you must go.
Go because even though this location witnessed such inexplicable horror and bloodshed, it has become a place of peace and reflection. Go because it is an intensely moving experience.
Go because those who gave their lives fighting the atrocities of the Nazi regime should never be forgotten.

American Cemetery

American Cemetery

American Cemetery

American Cemetery

American Cemetery

American Cemetery



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4 comments:

Michel said...

We visited the memorial and cemetary a couple of years ago and I agree that its definitely worth the time and effort to get there. It is an unforgetable experience. We were there in a driving rain storm and it didn't diminish the impact of that place on us.

The Beaver said...

Last night I saw the story of a lady from TX , who for 60 yrs didn't know whether her husband of 6 weeks was dead, MIA or killed over Germany.

She just found out ( a couple of yrs ago when her nephew decided to take matters into his hand instead of relying on the govt or her congressman to check the archives) that he is buried in Normandy with his fallen buddies.

Since then she has been sending flowers 10 times per yr to celebrate every occasion that they would have shared, had he returned from WWII.

Liza in Ann Arbor said...

I have been a couple of times. It is indeed very moving. Your photos capture it well.

Loulou in France said...

Michel
It is unforgettable! I never really had the desire to go, but am so glad I did.

Beaver
That is a wonderful, yet sad, story. Thank you for sharing it!

Liza
Thank you. :)