Normandy American Cemetery
“To see it, to observe the size of it, and to look at the beauty of it, I can’t describe it. It does have an impact on me. We had to exert such a loss of life to achieve that beach. Normally you get a thought that, boy, but for the grace of God there goes I, there’s where I would be,” reflects John Carroll, veteran of D-Day’s 1st Infantry Division, on visiting the cemetery. The US First Army established the cemetery following the D-Day attack on June 8, 1944. It was the first of a total of thirteen World War II cemeteries that the United States would establish on European soil, reflecting the massive loss of life of the deadliest war in history. Seemingly never-ending lines of stark white crosses contrasted against the lush green grass communicate not only the loss of life, but also the significant personal impact that the war had on fellow surviving soldiers as well as loved ones back home. Today, the site is a place of remembrance for family members, local residents, and visitors from around the world to pay tribute to those who gave their lives on the beaches of Normandy, turning the tide of the war and the future of global relations.
Mar 22, 2019
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