Saturday, June 6, 2009

June 6, 1944 - The Beaches of Normandy, France: American Cemetery and Memorial

I took these photographs on November 1, 2006 at the American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. It is a 172 acre cemetery on the bluff above Omaha Beach. Read my entire story in honor of this date, June 6, 1944 and all of those who lost their lives in battle at Tampa Day Photo. American and Allied troops, sailors and airmen participated on this date in Operation Overlord, the invasion of Europe. Over 9,000 men are buried here.


  1. Beautiful photos and a beautiful tribute.

  2. Thanks, Frank. That first photo is simply magnificent! Composed perfectly in every way! What a beautiful memorial!

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  4. Great shots!!
    Especially I like first one.

    By the way, fishes in sky you saw in Japan are carp stream.
    We call it "Koi Nobori".
    Carp sail in the sky on every May 5.
    That day is "Boys day" in Japan.
    I think your father knew it, and he set those carp streams for you and your brothers.

    Please check my article about of carp stream from carp stream in kinderten ( Funabashi Daily Photo ).

  5. Commemoration day with President Obama was very appreciated here in France.

    I agree with other bloggers, the first picture is fabulous.

  6. I was there in the eighties for a class trip to Normandy. It still touches me when I see the pictures I took. We must not forget our heroes.