Overlooking the bluffs above Omaha Beach lies the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer in Normandy. This is a deeply moving place and is by all means an absolute must visit when visiting the Normandy region.
The grounds are immaculate and are kept so by the American organization that looks after the property. There is upon entering tight security but once past there is an impressive museum about the men who fought and lost their lives here beneath the bluffs and those that lost there lives after D-Day in the coming months of battle.
I would strongly suggest you set aside a day for this visit, don't rush it by any means. Set out early and take it all in. If you stay until closing like I did then you will see a group of volunteers perform the lowering of the U.S. flag with taps being played by a lone soldier.
There is plenty of parking for cars and buses for tour groups. Again arrive early and take your time, it is an emotional place to be at, be respectful of those visiting relatives lost in the conflict and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Relatively easy to find but keep the map close by just in case. As always in Normandy the French have done a magnificent job of keeping everything well sign posted, if you feel like you are heading in the wrong direction there is almost always a sign that says that your headed the right way.
The road leading to the Cemetery is the D514 and can be accessed by a roundabout from all directions. From the west and east you will take the Route d' Omaha Beach road. From the south it's Hameau du Bray which is the D208 road.
At the roundabout just head north, again it's well signposted so you cannot miss it.
All photographs on this visit were taken on Friday, August 16th & Saturday, August 17th, 2013 and are subject to copyright. Please be respectful and do not copy them for your own personal or professional use. If you would like to contact the photographer and admin of this web site please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
I used two different cameras on the 2013 visit. The Nikon Coolpix 35mm and the Apple iPad mini.
Below are just a few of the photographs taken at the Colleville Cemetery. We are only going to include a small number of photos along with just some of the names of the brave men that gave their lives on and after the D-Day landings.