"American Memorial Sites in Normandy, France" Colleville-sur-Mer by Voyageuse30

Colleville-sur-Mer Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 70 photos

Colleville-Sur-Mer: American Military Cemetary

This page focuses on the American Military Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, but also includes other WWII museums and sites, which are only a short drive from the cemetery.

My friend and I managed to get into this cemetery on Memorial Day, 2002, when Presidents Bush and Chirac hosted a special ceremony.

Above, you can see the wreaths that each president presented during the ceremony.

This is a beautiful, pensive place and it is so hard to imagine the scenes of June 1944 on the beaches below.

There are more than 9000 graves here, also a chapel and a memorial which honors the "spirit of American youth". many of the soldiers who died in the landings and the following operations were quite young... an amazing sacrifice.

Omaha Beach is right below the Cemetery.

It is a beautiful beach but made somber if you think of what has happened here in times past...

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  • Pros:Gives one an appreciation for veterans' sacrifices
  • Last visit to Colleville-sur-Mer: May 2002
  • Intro Updated Mar 16, 2004
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  • morgane1692's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2004 at 2:31 PM

    I was honored and glad to be able to see this for myself but I think I only touched the surface, really. Another "return visit" to add to my list of Must Do Agains!

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2004 at 4:41 AM

    C'est tres beau! ;-D

  • skydivefred's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2004 at 5:06 PM

    If you have the opportunity, u should go to the Mémorial de Caen,in Normandy. A museum dedicated to the WW2 and the exemplary courage of these young americans who, to me, sealed an infaillable friendship between our two countries, whatever the media say !

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