Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is the burial site of 9,387 US military personnel who fought and died in World War Two. Most of the graves at the Normandy American Cemetery belong to participants in the Normandy Landings on 6 June 1944, also known as D-Day.
The Normandy Landings were a coordinated effort by the Allied forces to recapture European land taken by the Germans. Codenamed Operation Overlord, the Normandy Landings were a pivotal point in World War II, representing a significant victory for the Allies. However, this victory came at a high cost of life, a fact commemorated at Normandy American Cemetery.
Normandy American Cemetery has a visitor centre, several memorials including Tablets of the Missing and orientation tables showing the battles which took place in the area. The visitor centre is itself a useful historical guide, offering an insight into the Normandy Landings and the soldiers who took part in the attack. Guides are on hand to answer questions.
Normandy American Cemetery is located in the Northern French commune of Colleville-sur-Mer approximately 12 miles northwest of Bayeux and 170 miles west of Paris. If using a GPS system, the coordinates are N49 21.394 W0 51.192.
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is open daily, 9am-6pm (to 5pm 15 April-15 September). Closed 25 December and 1 January.
Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer 14710, off route D514,
(703) 696-6900 (US)