American War Cemetery – Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France


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With a view on Omaha Beach and the English Channel from which they came, 9.387 white crosses and stars look out  from their final resting place on this American War Cemetery.
The 70 acres large cemetery is well cared for and although it is a place to remember us of the sacrifice of life for a terrible war, the surrounding colors are white, green and light, and seem to share a message of hope. A big contrast with the small black stones marking the graves of the German War Cemetery of La Cambe nearby.

You can walk down to the beach or like us be in time to see the ceremony to lower the Stars and Stripes. And yes, this is the cemetery from the movie “Saving Private Ryan”.

Colleville sur Mer

American War Cemetery – Colleville sur Mer, Normandy

Colleville sur Mer

The view on Omaha Beach from the cemetery at Colleville sur Mer, Normandy, France

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Roof of the visitor centre near the entrance of the cemetery, Colleville sur Mer, Normandy, France

Colleville sur Mer

White crosses in rows at Colleville sur Mer, American War Cemetery, Normandy, France

Cemetery at Colleville sur Mer

American War Cemetery at Colleville sur Mer, Normandy, France

Cemetery at Colleville sur Mer

American War Cemetery at Colleville sur Mer, Normandy, France

Cemetery at Colleville sur Mer

Cross of an unknown soldier at Colleville sur Mer, Normandy, France

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A star of David marking the grave of a fallen soldier, Colleville sur Mer

Colleville sur Mer

The Stars and Stripes at Omaha Beach, Colleville sur Mer, Normandy, France

Colleville sur Mer

The flag is lowered at sundown, Omaha Beach, Colleville sur Mer, Normandy

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On the wall of the memorial chapel in the centre of the cemetery, Colleville sur Mer, Normandy, France

Colleville sur Mer

Mural of the D-Day landings and the development of the beachhead, Colleville sur Mer, Normandy, France

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