Normandy American Cemetery
Omaha Beach, France
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 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 U.S. and France.
In the rolling hills of eastern France lie the remains of 10,489 Americans who gave their lives for their country.
Beneath a perfectly manicured lawn between twin waving American flags, they rest at the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial.
The cemetery, on the outskirts of St.-Avold, is one of 24 cemeteries administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission. It is the largest American World War II cemetery in Europe. Only the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, with 14,246 World War I casualties, is larger. The cemetery with the most war dead administered by the ABMC is Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines, with 17,201 servicemembers who perished in WWII.