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Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial
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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.
Reviewed 12 November 2013

In my opinion, no American citizen who holds a public office or is employed by the government of the USA should be allowed to work for the government without first visiting this site. I can't believe our presidents do not make it a priority. This is an overwhelmingly moving site. It is full of history and marks the graves of 9,387 American soldiers who laid down their lives for the ideals of freedom and democracy. It is a peaceful, reverent walk through this huge cemetery, which seems so full of graves, it is hard to comprehend.

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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.

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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.

Thank Rachelle M
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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.

Thank Drapeaued
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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.

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