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September 23rd 2015
Published: October 5th 2015
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Normandy D Day sites

I was not going to write about these.

But after visiting the US war cemetery at Colleyville sur Mer I want to make a mention of that cemetery and memorial.

There are many war cemeteries in this area – there was a big invasion here on 6th June 1944 and is was the start of the end of German occupation of France.

Australia had our own theatre of war at the time so we had little involvement. So we did not view these sites with the same interest as we gazed on WWI sites.

But we chose to visit this US cemetery as it is so big – with over 9,000 buried there.

What is so notable is the memorial display.

There is a museum with a number of short film clips and informative slides .

Of course done with a substantial US budget - so its high quality presentation.

I found the visit to this memorial highly respectful of the fallen and a very informative recant of the situation 71 years ago. Of course there were many North American visitors in attendance. But French people visit in droves to be informed and to pay their respects.

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