60th Anniversary Of D-Day
Beaches Of Normandy

World War II Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

The war cemetery is situated on a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel in Colleville-sur Mer, France. It covers one hundred and seventy two acres and contains the graves of 9,386 American military Dead, most of whom gave their lives during the landings and ensuing operations of World War II.

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Aerial View Of Cemetery
Colonnade style memorial
Bronze Statue at centre of colonnade titled "Spirit of American Youth"

The inscription around the top of the inside of the colonnade reads:
"This embattled shore, portal of freedom, is forever hallowed by the ideals, the valor and the sacrifices of our fellow countrymen."

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Robert J. Niland
SGT 505 PRCHT INF 82 ABN DIV
NEW YORK JUNE 6 1944
Preston T. Niland
2 LT 22 INF 4 DIV
NEW YORK JUNE 7 1944
The graves of two Niland brothers which inspired the plot of the Stephen Spielberg film
"Saving private Ryan".

The plot was inspired in part by the true story of Fritz Niland, one of four brothers from New York state who saw action during the war. Two Niland brothers were killed on D-Day, while another was missing in action in Burma and was presumed dead, although he actually survived. Fritz was located in Normandy by an Army chaplain, Reverend Francis Sampson, and taken out of the combat zone.


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The graves of a father and son
Ollie W. Reed
COL 175 INF 29 DIV
KANSAS JULY 30 1944
Ollie W. Reed JR
1 LT 363 INF 91 DIV
MISSOURI JULY 6 1944

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