Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial (French: Cimetière américain de Colleville-sur-Mer) is a World War II cemetery and memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, that honors American troops who died in Europe during World War II. It is located on the site of the former temporary battlefield cemetery of Saint Laurent, covers 172.5 acres and contains 9,388 burials.[1]

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
American Battle Monuments Commission
For Operation Overlord
UnveiledJuly 19, 1956 (1956-07-19)
Location49.360278°N 0.857222°W / 49.360278; -0.857222
near 
Designed byHarbeson, Hough, Livingston & Larson
Markley Stevenson (landscaping)
Donald De Lue (sculptor)
Leon Kroll (murals)
Robert Foster (maps)
Total burials9,388
Unknowns
307
Commemorated1,557
Burials by nation
* United States: 9,388
Burials by war
* World War II: 9,387
Statistics source: American Battle Monuments Commission

A memorial in the cemetery includes maps and details of the Normandy landings and military operations that followed. At the memorial's center is Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves, a bronze statue. The cemetery also includes two flag poles where, at different times, people gather to watch the American flags being lowered and folded.

The cemetery, which was dedicated in 1956, is the most visited cemetery of those maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), with one million visitors a year. In 2007, the ABMC opened a visitor center at the cemetery, relating the global significance and meaning of Operation Overlord.[2]


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