You don't have to be a US citizen to be moved by the American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer. Iconic rows of white marble crosses stretch over immaculate lawns, marking the remains of 9,387 men and women killed in the D-Day landings and following battles. Inscribed in stone on a semicircular wall in the Garden of the Missing, are a further 1,557 names of those whose bodies were only later recovered or never found at all. The cemetery overlooks Omaha beach, the most bloody and obstacle-ridden battle of the Normandy landings. A cherished reminder of the cost of war, the site has a powerful impact on young and old.
14710 Colleville-sur-Mer, France
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Open: 9.00am to 6.00pm 15 April to 15 September,
9.00am to 5.00pm rest of year.
Open on all public holidays except 25th December and 1st January.
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