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Brittany American Cemetery, Saint James

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Brittany American Cemetery contains the remains of 4,410 American soldiers from World War II, most of whom lost their lives in the Normandy and Brittany campaigns of 1944. Along the retaining wall of the memorial terrace, you can view the inscribed names of 498 of the missing. Rosettes mark the names of soldiers who have been found. It is one of 14 permanent American World War II military cemetery memorials erected by the American Battle Monuments Commission on foreign soil. You can visit a memorial chapel at the cemetery. Over the entrance door, a sculpture grouping consists of an eagle, shield, stars, laurel, and arrows, representing the seal of the United States. The shield is flanked by two floating angels representing victory. The one to the left of the observer, wearing the Columbian cap, is in mourning. She holds in her right hand the laurel of the brave and in her left hand the palm of sacrifice. The figure to the right is the triumphant Victory, clothed in mail and wearing a helmet. Her right hand holds a sword, her left hand a trumpet. Below the sculpture is the inscription, "In memory of the valor and the sacrifices which consecrate this soil." Using our custom trip planner, Saint James attractions like Brittany American Cemetery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Amazingly moving & beautiful place. It really brings it home to you when you are there, how many young lives were lost defending freedom. The staff are very helpful and the site is perfectly maintaine...  more »
  • Designed like American cemetery at Omaha beach. Each American grave adopted by a French family because they are grateful for assistance in WWII. Very touching story of cemetery origin. Cemetery is imm...  more »
  • The American Cemetery at St James is an extraordinary place. The atmosphere is at the same time peaceful, and sad. I am not a spiritual person, but at this place I had a spiritual experience. It was d...  more »
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  • One of the most moving places I have ever been. I am thankful to the French people who, to this very day honor the graves with flowers.
  • Amazing place! So beautifully kept and peaceful. Walter was a great person to talk to as he knew everything there was to know about the place. Definitely pick up a brochure from the visitor centre in the entrance as there is so much to know about the cemetery that you wouldn't know just looking around. Walter was kind enough to explain it all to us.
  • Absolutely immaculaty maintained site. Very American. Certainly add this to your list if doing the D-day sites. Hard to not get a little emotional at these sites.
  • Very impressive. Everything is so well kept, and the personel very polite and helpful.
  • This is a wonderful place. The staff, Walter and Emily are two of the finest people one could meet anywhere and are exactly right for this place. The cemetery is serene, at peace and absolutely beautiful. A very special place and a special experience having the privilege to visit here.