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“very sobering a must for all ages”

Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial
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Owner description: 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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“very sobering a must for all ages”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

On recent trip to France stopped over in Normandy en route to The Hague. We went to all the D Day landing beaches Omaha, Utah, Sword, Gold and Juno it was a very humbling experience and the various museums we visited very enlightening. The highlight however had to be the visit to the American cemetery, overlooking Omaha beach, it certainly brought home the futility of war, and the appreciation of what those men sacrificed in the name of freedom. Standing quietly reading the inscriptions on some of the 9600 head stones was an extremely sobering experience. It would probably be a better world if everyone regardless of age, colour or race was made to see this. Hats off to those who have instituted the rules surrounding what is acceptable behaviour or not within the grounds and also to those who maintain the cemetery, it is immaculate and a fantastic sign of respect. A wonderful experience thank you. Lest we forget.

Visited June 2013
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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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“Fitting tribute and very moving”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

We visited as part of a tour of the normandy beaches and I found this to be particularly moving.

The sheer scale of the cemetery and the memorial really bring it home what a sacrifice those brave young men made.

It had a profound effect on my 13 year old son and I feel al school children should come here

Visited June 2013
Thank Andrew R
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Spangdahlem, Germany
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“Very moving”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

This was a very moving experience for our group. The museum was very informative, yet personal. They include some very special videos from family members of those who fought there. It is so important to remember the young men who fought for our freedom. This is a bucket-list type of visit.

Visited May 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“a moving experience”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

young American men average age 22-23 gave there lives in the cause of freedom.
A must visit place on your tour. very moving experience. ask about the guided tour.
also ask about the time at the end of the day when the flag is lowered, which you can watch.

Visited June 2013
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Paris, France
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“Amazing and humbling”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

Having visited quite a few of the Normandy landings museums over the years the American memorial remains one of the most informative and interesting. Walking though their exhibit builds up the picture of the build up to D-Day and also does a good job of explaining the origins of the 2nd world war and some of the other elements of it besides Normandy. It's armed with this information and knowledge that you then step out into the sober yet beautiful cemetery and look down on to Ohama beach. If you only visit one place in Normandy this should be it.

Visited June 2013
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