Memorial Day: Simply Photos of the American Cemetery, Normandy

by farrah on May 26, 2014 · 5 comments

I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day today! All I ask is that you think about why we recognize this holiday- and to appreciate what others have done to ensure freedom.

American Cemetery Normandy, France

I have a post coming on June 6th with regard to our D-Day tour- but for today I simply wanted to share some of my photos from the American Cemetery in Normandy. Here’s a brief description of the cemetery itself:

Immaculately kept, this 172-acre cemetery overlooks Omaha Beach, the very place where many of the 9387 soldiers buried here were killed in action. A chapel, memorial and ‘Garden of the Missing’ honour the memory of these brave men whilst the visitor centre proposes a film depicting the final days and weeks of their lives, told through authentic letters sent to their families back home.- Normandy Tourism 

American Cemetery Normandy, FranceWall with names of the missing.

“Behind the statue is the Garden of the Missing which commemorates a further 1,557 soldiers, sailors and airmen who fell in Normandy and have no known grave. Those who remains have been found since the war are indicated with an asterisk. The servicemen commemorated here represent all but one of the 50 States.”– Battlefields WW2 website

American Cemetery Normandy, France

Statue Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves”

American Cemetery Normandy, France

American Cemetery Normandy, France

American Cemetery Normandy, France

American Cemetery Normandy, France

American Cemetery Normandy, France

American Cemetery Normandy, France

American Cemetery Normandy, France

American Cemetery, Normandy

Enjoy your holiday, America!

All photos taken by me on May 9, 2014

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Leighann May 26, 2014 at 2:50 pm

your photo’s are stunning.
Great way of capturing the holiday

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2 farrah May 26, 2014 at 3:47 pm

It’s a pretty incredible place. Somber, quiet- yet beautiful. One of the most interesting things I learned- we noticed there were very, very few of the Jewish grave markers. Our guide told us that many soldiers were afraid to wear their religious affiliation on their dog tags if they were Jewish- as if they fell into German hands they feared the worst. Hence, the number of Jewish markers may not be accurate.

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3 Corinne May 27, 2014 at 10:27 am

Farrah, I love the Memorial Day ceremonies at all the American cemetaries in Europe. My daughters, as Girl Scouts, were able to be part of those memorial celebrations. It was pretty touching.

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4 Chamisa May 27, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Wow, the place looks amazing which is fitting for a memorial to such brave men and women who fought there. Is there any symbolism depicted in the shape of the trees?

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5 Amanda @Expat Life with a Double Buggy May 28, 2014 at 6:54 pm

We visited a couple of years ago. It was such a humbling place to be. It is so surreal standing amidst so many pristine white crosses to think that so many men found their resting place so far from home.

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