The U.S. Cemetery is above all a place of reverence, remembrance, and peace that honors American troops who died in Europe during World War II.
The American Cemetery Normandy site covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,387 soldiers. This huge cemetery located on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach is the final resting place for the brave men who went to fight for freedom and who also died for it.
First of all, you’ll meet your specialized guide for this unforgettable walking tour to visit the American Cemetery Normandy at Omaha Beach, one of the largest allied military cemeteries in Normandy with 9387 marble graves and also the first WWII American cemetery established on European soil.
Feel the emotion of the place and pray at the graves of the soldiers.
In this guided tour, you will visit the American Cemetery Normandy with a local guide and furthermore learn about the history of the D-Day, June 6th, 1944.
The memorial built in the American Cemetery Normandy lists the names of 1,557 Americans who lost their lives in the Normandy campaign but could not be located and/or identified.
You will also see a 22-foot bronze statue: The Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves. It is a monumental sculpture in the center of the Normandy Memorial at the American Cemetery Normandy.
Even though the story behind each grave is a sad one, the sacrifice of all deserves to be recognized. Some of them are well-known, such as the three Medal of Honor recipients, three generals (including General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.), the two Niland brothers (the basis for the movie “Saving Private Ryan”), and the Ollie Reed father and son duo.
This tour is recommended to visitors interested in war history and historical sites.
This tour does not include the guided tour of the visitor center and museums.
City and country of tour: Colleville-sur-mer, Normandy (Normandie), France/Omaha beach