Friday, May 27, 2016

Memorial Day: Colleville-sur-Mer American Cemetery

 Last Year I had the honor of visiting the beaches of Normandy, France and the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, a place of rest for those lost in Europe during World War Two. Although not typical of our posts, I thought Memorial Day a fitting time to share some photos of this both heartbreaking and breathtaking place.
 The bronze statue entitled Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves

 9,387 Americans of different faiths, including three women, rest here.

 
 The names 1,557 lost and not recovered are listed on the memorial wall circling the central garden. 
A time capsule with reports of the Normandy landings is sealed and buried by the visitor's center and is set to be opened June 6th 2044

   
The land is perpetually granted to the U.S. free of charge

Trees line the bluff overlooking the water. 
The grounds are impeccably maintained

 Approximately one million visitors a year pay tribute here

 Arromanches, France, outside the D-day Museum 

Bunker with wildflowers, Normandy France


Wishing all our U.S. readers
 Health and Happiness this 
Memorial Day
and 
 to our readers overseas
a Happy Start to Summer


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2 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post, sweetest Christina !!!

    Sending blessings on your weekend and on your Memorial Day ahead,
    with my dearest love

    Dany

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    1. Thank You so for visiting much Daniela-
      Wishing you a Happy weekend as well!

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