During our trip to France, we spent a day in Normandy viewing all of the coastline and the beaches. Our last stop was at the The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.
From their website
This cemetery covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,387 of our military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations. On the Walls of the Missing, in a semicircular garden on the east side of the memorial, are inscribed 1,557 names. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified.
The memorial consists of a semicircular colonnade with a loggia(gallery with open sides that forms part of a house and opens to a garden) at each end containing large maps and narratives of the military operations; at the center is the bronze statue, “Spirit of American Youth.” An orientation table overlooking the beach depicts the landings in Normandy. Facing west at the memorial, one sees in the foreground the reflecting pool; beyond is the burial area with a circular chapel and, at the far end, granite statues representing the United States and France.
I feel fortunate to have seen this. It’s a stunning place that fills you with emotion!