Normandy American Memorial Cemetery
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A Battle Remembered
The memorial overlooking the battlefield of Omaha Beach is moving. Rows and rows of perfectly placed white tombstones as far as you can see. As part of the WWII sites, this is a hard place to stop, but an important one. The memorial includes a museum, movies, and remnants of the famous battle of Omaha Beach and surrounding areas. The cemetery site covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,387 of our military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations. On the Walls of the Missing, in a semicircular garden on the east side of the memorial, are inscribed 1,557 names. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified. As I walked around looking at the gravestones, I couldn't help but shed a tear.
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