Cimetière Américain de Colleville-sur-Mer

Cimetière Américain de Colleville-sur-Mer

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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.
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DvrDawg
Cork, Ireland208 contributions
Mar 2022
Having had so many in our family serve in the military, I was really excited to visit this location. The museum at the cemetery was very informative and provided a lot of the background on the military strategy. But, the most impactful aspect of the museum was the individual plaques that provided insight to many of those that died at Normandy. You cannot walk through the headstones in the cemetery but there is a pathway and several places to sit and reflect.
Written November 5, 2022
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Wesley C
Tucson, AZ9,138 contributions
Sep 2021
Beautiful, serene memorial honoring American troops who died in Europe during World War II. The site covers 172.5 acres overlooking the Normandy coast and is the final resting place of 9,387 American heroes. There is also a Wall of the Missing dedicated to 1,557 service members declared missing in action. Opened in 1956. The focal point is an inspiring 22-ft bronze statue of "Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves."
Written August 24, 2022
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Kathrine
Pennsylvania499 contributions
May 2022
The cemetery is a tribute to those who perished. Over 9,000 white marble crosses are hard to imagine, until you see it. They go on forever in the pristinely manicured grounds. We have seen multiple photos and videos, but nothing prepared us for seeing it in person. Bring your tissues - it's so touching.

Everyone needs to see this once in their lives just to remember those who lost their lives for freedom. The museum is well-done, and it personalizes some of the stories of the soldiers. It is free entry and plan to spend 3-4 hours here. Stay for the flag ceremony at 5:00 p.m. if you are around.
Written June 16, 2022
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JGADV
Zonhoven, Belgium207 contributions
Jan 2021
This is a place to respect, a little disappointing that most of the plots are corded off so visitors can't actually walk between the graves to see the names and regiments etc., so if you are looking for specific graves or regiments, victims of certain battles or events, you have to make an appointment before you go, they will let you on the closed plots by appointment only. In these Covid times the visitor centre is closed but the grounds and toilets are open from 09.00 tot 17.00.
Written January 17, 2021
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ferg17
Rayleigh, UK589 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Over 9000 graves here at the American cemetery which overlooks Omaha Beach.

There is a small museum before you go in which explains the events of DDay at the beach.

We were here a couple of days before DDay so there were American war planes flying overhead which added to the experience

Free to enter
Written June 12, 2022
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Traveler O
Washington DC, DC720 contributions
Feb 2022
Some of the sacred ground one can visit. It's a beautiful of the ocean on one side, and a sobering reminder of the cost of that view on other side. An essential stop. The visitor center recently reopened as Covid has deeply affected access and hours for a long time now. Free parking on site, bathrooms, and easily handicap/stroller accessible. The visitor center has an outstanding amount of information and lots to take in. Plan accordingly as you should take your time to take in the exhibit and then walk the cemetery before walking down to Omaha Beach itself, where so many fell.

Respect is paramount here, so it's best to instruct children accordingly. Don't be the ugly foreign tourist with the loud voice and annoying commentary. This is a cemetery, not a theme park.
Written March 15, 2022
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Levi N
Fairfax, VA610 contributions
Oct 2019
This place should be a mecca for all Americans. It's the ultimate signal of American sacrifice for freedom. The sheer size will blow you away. They've done an excellent job at laying out the cemetery. There's a very good museum in the visitor's center that helps understand an overview of the battle and some of the men who fought and died during it. It sets a great intro before actually visiting the cemetery. The overlook also looks out onto the English channel. However, you will need to go to other places on the Normandy coast to see the landing beaches as you can't access them from the cemetery. Some of the displays also mimic the National Memorial Cemetery for the Pacific in Hawaii. Overall, this is an experience you can't miss.
Written March 29, 2020
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Kevin R
Dublin,Ireland28 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
I had the pleasure of visiting this site on 6th June 2018 on what was the 74th anniversary of D Day.
During a tour with an English speaking guide (Anthony Lewis) we learned so much. One of his main points was that the Cemetery would not look as good as it does were it not for the work of the 20 gardeners employed there. So true.
If you do visit my advice is try & catch one of the organised tours.
Hopefully i will return.
Written August 10, 2022
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Glen G
Josselin, France130 contributions
Mar 2022
The visitor centre is packed with respectful memories of such a sad time. I took my time to read everything in there and try to image what it was like to be involved. It was a very emotion inducing visit that I’m so glad to have made.

Once outside you can reflect on the past as you explore the pristinely maintained cemetery in peace and quiet. Our visit was out of season so it was quiet, but I can imagine it gets jammed in the summer.

A beautiful but sad place to visit, but essential to maintain the memory of those who lost their lives all of those years ago.
Written March 24, 2022
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paolovbossi
The Hague, The Netherlands779 contributions
Apr 2022
It is the third time that i visit this cemetery and the feeling is alwazys the same. The uncountable number of white crosses and stars in one of the most beatiful scenery in the world.
It is a place that everyone should visit at least once in the life to understand the crazyness of the war and to remember all the people that fought here.
Written April 29, 2022
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