Friday, September 9, 2016

FRANCE ~ Omaha Beach Cemetery - Normandy ~

...A serene, sad, impressive and moving view...thousands of perfectly lined rows of white marble crosses and Stars of David of US soldiers who died so far from home helping us... why some people still think war is the answer is unbelievable (⌣́_⌣̀)... Thanks a lot Stéphane!!

The American Military Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, overlooks Omaha Beach. Originally, 23,000 Americans were buried there, but 14,000 were eventually repatriated. Of the 9,386 soldiers who rest here, only 307 remain unidentified. The cemetery has a lovely garden commemorating the 1,557 men who remain missing.

Normandy, is the place where the largest seaborne invasion in history took place. In just one night (on Tuesday, 6 June 1944)  24,000 British, US, and Canadian airborne troops landed on the coast.

The Normandy coast was divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword Beach. Due to bad weather conditions the mission was partially successful and that success had a very high price. The biggest loss of lives was at Omaha beach.



Year of the Monkey
(Issued 29-01-2016)

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