The Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves

This is the title of the bronze statue that proudly rises above the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. It overlooks the pristine grounds of the cemetery where the remains of 9,387 American military servicemen are buried. Their final resting place is located on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel.

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The names of 1,557 additional Americans who lost their lives in the Normandy campaign but could not be located or identified are inscribed on the walls of a semicircular garden near the memorial.

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An expansive wall within the memorial depicts the landings at Normandy.

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France has granted the United States a perpetual concession to the land occupied by the cemetery, free of any charge or tax. The cemetery is managed and meticulously maintained by the American government.

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It was an absolute privilege and an honor to be there May 8th, Victory in Europe Day. We witnessed the flag lowering ceremony, and proudly watched as American servicemen who fought so bravely for our country helped to lower the American flag which flies above this sacred memorial.

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