"The Spirit of American Youth" Top 5 Page for this destination Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer by Peter_P

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Between Colleville and St.-Laurent-sur-Mer

After the war more then 10 American cemeteries were located on the battlefield, with hundreds of small burial grounds and isolated graves. At least 60 % of these buriels were repatriated back to the US. The American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) concentrated the remaining casualties into two main cemeteries. One here in Normandy and another in Britanny.

The Monument

The 'Spirit of American Youth' watches over the enormous buriel-ground.
The memorial consists of a semicircular colonnade. The two loggia at each end contains maps and of the military operations. An orientation table overlooks the surroundings and points at the different landing-beaches...

The cemetery covers 172 acres. It contains the graves of 9.386 American military Dead, most of whom gave their lives during the landings and ensuing operations of World War II.
Another 1.557 Missing Americans have their names inscribed on the east side of the memorial.

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  • Pros:One of the most visited, but most touching monument around...
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  • In a nutshell:A Memorial side not to forget, about history not to forget...
  • Last visit to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer: Mar 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Cabana_Boy's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2004 at 11:32 PM

    Nice page, St. Laurent is a place that I have always wanted to visit...it certainly reflects one of my country's proudest moments!!!

  • ExGuyParis's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2004 at 10:30 AM

    Thanks very much for this site; I consulted it before my recent trip to the cemetery. It was quite helpful! Now I'm building a page as well.

  • mrclay2000's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2004 at 7:10 AM

    I had a friend who did this tour and was very thankful to have seen the cemetery.

  • filipdebont's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2003 at 8:33 AM

    Effen een ingetogen moment op VT, om toch even stil van te worden, al die kruisjes op dat oorlogskerkhof. mooie fotos.


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