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American Cemetery & Memorial, Colleville-sur-Mer
Categories: Cemeteries, Tourist Spots
American Cemetery & Memorial 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. With our online itinerary creator, Colleville-sur-Mer attractions like American Cemetery & Memorial can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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Paisible et serein, ce sont les qualificatifs qui me viennent en tête au souvenir de notre passage en ce lieu. Magnifique endroit dont la dignité et l'alignement parfait des croix portent à l'introspe... read more »Peaceful and serene, these are the adjectives that come to mind in the memory of our passage in this place. Beautiful place whose dignity and the perfect alignment of the cross bear the introspection and the famous duty to remember... Touching. Passage.show original
This cemetery is a lasting tribute to those Americans that gave their lives in the liberation of France in June 1944. The visitor centre should be visited first to get a feel of the hardship faced by ... read more »
Visite incontournable de ce lieu de mémoire impressionnant qui ne peut laisser indifférent. Plus de 9000 stèles alignées surplombant la plage d"Omaha"; le visitor center retraçant particulièrement l'o... read more »Must visit this place awesome memory that cannot be ignored. More than 9,000 gravestones aligned above the d "Omaha" beach; the visitor center particularly tracing operation Overlord; the memorial; the chapel etc... It is important not to forget what happened here.show original
An honor to visit. The visitors center was outstanding and definitely worth a at least an hour. It's gives a true sense of the heroism that took place during the invasion and a feel for the men who lost their lives. Walking through the cemetery was overwhelming after seeing the story so well-presented and getting to know a few of the men who gave their lives.
A stunning memorial. Beautifully designed and meticulously maintained, this serves as an astounding and poignant reminder of the cost of war.
Very moving. Incredible to think of the bravery of the ordinary men who took part in this terrifying attack. Very humbling.
I can not recommend this enough for anybody visiting France. Everything here has been well done and does a great job of presenting the tragic events that occurred during WWII. This will give you a new respect for the men and women who helped free Europe from the clutches of Hitler. The cemetery was incredibly emotional for me as I walked among the over 9000 graves with my son. Every cross represents somebody who was loved and cared for and then was thrust into this epic battle. Very moving.
Better than a museum. Simply astonishing. A peaceful, extremely well maintained cemetery, and access is free (for once that Common Memory doesn't mean cash first!). All these graves, perfectly aligned, the heavy atmosphere, is all you need to picture the violence of the D-day slaughter and war in general by yourself. I get shivers just thinking about it. Even though I've been there so many times, it's the same effect time after time. A place you just can't miss if you visit Normandy.
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