Remembering The Glory of Their Spirit in Normandy

by MSO

Imbedded in the lawn at the memorial is a time capsule in which have been sealed news reports of the June 6, 1944 Normandy landings. The capsule is to be opened June 6, 2044.

The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France sits on a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel, 170 miles west of Paris. This cemetery was the first American cemetery on European soil from World War II, and contains remains of 9,387 American war dead, most of whom died in the D-Day landings and operations.

The memorial consists of a semicircular colonnade with a loggia at each end, containing large maps and narratives of the military operations. At the center of this is a large bronze statue called the “Spirit of American Youth”. An orientation table overlooking the beach depicts the landings in Normandy. A large reflecting pool lies in front of the memorial, with granite statues on either side representing America and France.

Stretching along the walls on the east side of the memorial are the Tablets of the Missing, where the names of 1, 557 missing soldiers are inscribed. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified.

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