Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial by triciamary
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The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is a World War II cemetery and memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, that honors American soldiers who died in Europe during World War II.

The cemetery is located on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach (one of the landing beaches of the Normandy Invasion) and the English Channel. It covers 70 ha (172 acres), and contains the remains of 9,387 American military dead, most of whom were killed during the invasion of Normandy and ensuing military operations in World War II. Included are graves of Army Air Force crews shot down over France as early as 1942. The graves face westward, towards the United States.

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Bermuda born so I occasionally get “rock fever” and have to travel – especially to France! Mostly use my Nikon D200, but also use a Sony Cybershot DSC T90 and a Lumix DMC-LX5 for quick shots.

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  • Adam Gormley
    Adam Gormleyover 5 years ago

    Great perspective here, well composed image! Great narative too Tricia!

  • Thanks Adam. It’s a very moving and inspiring place. I have to thank Wikipedia for the narative tho!

    – triciamary

  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholover 5 years ago
    • In Flanders fields the poppies blow
      Between the crosses, row on row,
      That mark our place; and in the sky
      The larks, still bravely singing, fly
      Scarce heard amid the guns below.
    We are the dead. Short days agoWe lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,Loved, and were loved, and now we lieIn Flanders fields.Take up our quarrel with the foe:To you from failing hands we throwThe torch; be yours to hold it high.If ye break faith with us who dieWe shall not sleep, though poppies growIn Flanders fields.— Lt.-Col. John McCrae (1872 – 1918)

  • Thank you Bradley. I visited this cemetery shortly after the invasion of Iraq in 2003. It was such a empty realization of loss after reading the names and ages of many of these men and women – many just boys in their late teens. What a sad loss of life.

    – triciamary

  • walela
    walelaover 5 years ago

    Thank you for reminding us!!

  • Yes, they and their families lost so much in their fight for Europe and the world’s freedom. Thanks for your comments.

    – triciamary

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 5 years ago

    hello Tricia, it seems as if we have both been to the same area, I have somewhere in my collection, this shot, & also of the old gun enplacments.

    All those lives wasted

  • Yes, a sad loss of life, but I’m glad these men and women have been remembered with this beautiful memorial.

    – triciamary

  • Jenny Ryan
    Jenny Ryanalmost 5 years ago

  • Thank you Jen!

    – triciamary

  • cclaude
    cclaudeabout 3 years ago

    Nice shot of this extremely moving place.

  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownover 2 years ago

  • Thanks Barbara!

    – triciamary

  • cclaude
    cclaudeover 2 years ago

    Nice shot with the long shadows. Not easy to convey the emotion of this place. Congrats on your feature.

  • Thank you Claude. We were there late in the day one cold March afternoon, but the sun was shining brightly and there were few people there, so there was such a peaceful stillness.

    – triciamary

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