American Cemetery & Memorial, Colleville-sur-Mer
(4.9/5 based on 3,200+ reviews on the web)
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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  • A huge place dedicated to the death of young men in the prime age who did not know the France and whose life stopped here. We had the honour to be present for the descent of the colors. Here everything stops and respect dominates. This is America, the France sucks and has failed to do the same with his own dead...
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  • One of the most moving places I have ever been, others are the Menin Gate and Thiepval. Extraordinarily well tended, we were lucky to visit on a sunny day. Whilst extremely sombre, this whole area is ...  more »
  • Graves of sight attest to the violence of the fighting in 1944. This can be aware of some things to the different generations?... I hope. Marking and moving, to see without a doubt, and this for all ages... Anecdote: Two brothers Niland (Preston and Robert), whose story inspired Steven Spielberg to write the screenplay of the film it saving private Ryan, are also buried here.
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  • Every American should visit here. Not only is it a beautiful and peaceful spot, meticulously maintained, but it is a poignant and very visual reminder of the cost of war. The day we visited was very foggy and that only intensified the emotion we felt. You could hear the ocean, but not see it. You could feel the presence of those soldiers who gave their lives, but you could not see them. Such an honor to pay our respects.
  • Simply, the best place to visit to have a feeling of the D-day (even better than beaches)
  • So moving. I've been here twice and it's just incredible.
  • 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.
  • It has been an honer to visit this place. Well constructed for those who gave their life in WW2