Paying our respects to some of the graves of the 9,387 Americans buried at The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, near Colleville-sur-Mer.
“The New Normandy American Cemetery Visitor Center " was dedicated during the commemoration of the 63rd Anniversary of D-Day. Over 3,000 people attended on the morning of 6-6-07. There was no where to park within a mile of it so we returned later in the afternoon and enjoyed seeing this center. You can learn about it too here. We also visited the memorials, chapel and gravesites, overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel. It was very moving. Hard to explain all the feelings.
We visited many of the sites, memorials and museums beside these beaches in Normandy and saw many veterans from many countries, wearing their medals, paying tribute to their fallen friends, attending ceremonies and re-enactments. The French really showed their appreciation for all the visitors — flags flying from all the houses and buildings, and putting on so many events for several days! We heard a most touching story from 2 French sisters whose lives were saved by American soldiers by Omaha Beach. I highly recommend everyone visiting this memorable region -at least once in their life.
Our son said, at the end of the day, that he felt so much pride in what American did to help save Europe from the Fascists regimes and to bring freedom to Europe.
One can never forget all the sacrifices that were made by so many ,after visiting Normandy. If only the world could live in peace and solve problems in non-violent ways….. Each of us must do our part to help communities near and far from us live in peace.
May “peace” be with you – Salaam – Paix – Shalom – Shanti – Amani