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Review of Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial

Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial
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Half-Day Small-Group Tour to American D-Day Beaches from Bayeux
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Owner description: Overlooking Omaha Beach, the launching point of the U.S. invasion of Normandy, this cemetery contains the graves of 9,386 American soldiers who died at Normandy and a touching memorial to another 1,557 whose bodies were never recovered.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Go if at all possible!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

We were so fortunate to be able to visit this incredible Memorial to our brave soldiers from WWII! The inept President and Congress had this Cemetery and Memorial closed for two weeks and when we arrived at the gates it was closed. The very next day it opened so we were indeed very lucky. Many people came to see this wonderful place and were turned away over that period of time. It is just heartwrenching to read what the men suffered bravely and what they did to keep the whole world free. If anyone doubts the necessity of a standing military force, this should change their minds. Many of the men who died were barely adults, but gave their lives for our country. The day we visited it was sunny and beautiful and the Cemetery looked lovely, but our hearts were full of sadness for those who died so long ago and thankfulness that they went to a far away country to defend the its people. The visitor center is exceptional and full of information and pictures from the time. This is really so amazing a Cemetery and Memorial that you should go if you are anywhere near at all.

Visited October 2013
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College Station, Texas, United States
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“Moving”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

This also was one of my favorite things we did on the trip. There were surprisingly few Americans there though. Also it is very difficult to get to if you do not book a tour or something. We stayed in Bayeux. There was a bus that ran occasionally which we took. If you do not speak French, people in Bayeux are not friendly. I did my best at speaking French and it was not enough evidently. There is also very little to do there other than the beach. We ate at the hotel. It is a charming area I bet if you speak fluent French.

Visited June 2013
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“Moving Moments”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2013

Not to be missed. The sense of sacrifice resides next to those of honor, duty, country where the wartime ravages have given way to a place of calm and moving beauty.

Visited June 2013
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North Carolina
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“Very emotional experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

The Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial is a peaceful place. Words will not describe the emotion accurately. Please note that like all military cemeteries, this is a place of silence, respect and reflection. If you bring your children and even some adults, go over the rules for military cemeteries before entering. It is not a playground for running, screaming and jumping on graves. I was disappointed to see inappropriate behavior from many different nationalities. If your party is unable to follow the rules, please don't enter so as not to ruin the experience for others. We had a private tour guide who explained the the layout and gave us a map pointing out the graves of men whose personal stories we had hear earlier in the day. Taps is played close to closing time as the American flags are lowered.

Visited October 2013
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Gravesend, Kent. UK.
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“A Moving experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

I had the pleasure of touring the Normandy coast with an American friend, who was on his first trip out of the USA. Normandy was at the top of his list of places to visit and in particular the memorial at Omaha Beach. We stayed overnight in a beautiful hotel just a few hundred yards from the entrance to the American cemetery. This ensured we were the first to go through the gates as it opened. Getting there early also meant we saw the flags being raised with some ceremony to it. Overall, the grounds are immaculately well kept and beautiful as are all the headstones. There is modern visitor center as well with film shows and history of that world changing event known as D-Day. Even if you are not American, prepare for a powerful moving experience as the sights of 9,000 graves sink in.
Plenty of free parking as well. Expect to spend a few hours here to walk all around and take in the views of the coast as well.

Visited April 2013
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