Day 4 of the Normandy Advent Calendar showcases the Normandy American Memorial near Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer. It honours the bravery of those who fought on D-Day and the ensuing battle.
The memorial area is organized around a 22 foot tall bronze statue called The Spirit of American Youth Rising From the Waves. The statue is flanked by a semicircular limestone colonnade with a loggia at each end. The statue symbolises the youth of the D-Day troops.
This photo was taken from the Garden of the Missing. The names of 1557 soldiers for whom there is no known resting place are honoured here.
As you climb the steps to the statue, you look out onto the cemetery. Immediately in front of the statue is the reflecting pool. Beyond that are the graves, the chapel and yet more graves. There are 9387 graves here. However, it’s impossible to see them all even from the vantage point of the memorial. Almost 11,000 heroes are remembered here at Omaha Beach.
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