High up on the bluffs above Omaha Beach lies the American Military Cemetery. The 9,386 marble crosses and Stars of David constitute the most striking American presence in Normandy today.
The 30,000-square-foot visitors’ centre provides displays and films which help to provide a visual connection to the D-Day events on Omaha Beach. Numerous photographs and short biographies of the many of the GIs who came ashore that morning add a poignant and personal dimension to the assault.
Three soldiers awarded the Medal of Honour are buried here. Thirty nine pairs of brothers are also here, as well as a father and son, Col. Ollie Reed and Lt. Ollie Reed, Jr.
Look how many of them there were. Look how young they were. They died for your freedom. Hold back your tears and be silent.
All 9,386 headstones lie facing West; facing home.