The Memorial in the US Cemetery. France has permanently given this ground to the US as US territory.
A small section of the graves.
There are 9347 graves in the Normandy Cemetery. The remains of 60% of the war dead were shipped home. The battle for Normandy cost over 125,000 American lives; of these over 30,000 died by the end of June. The landings at Utah and Omaha accounted for overt 5000 and the fighting through the hedgerows the rest.
Over 35,000 French civilians were killed and 3 times that number were seriously injured.
Photos by Lois Ahlers and copy by Heinz Ahlers.