American Cemetery and Memorial in Normandy is maybe the most famous American WW2 cemetery. It is located in Colleville-sur-Mer on the top of a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach. On this cemetery are 9387 soldiers buried and 1557 names engraved in the Walls of the Missing.

This cemetery is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in our eyes. Overlooking the historic beach, the cemetery is the last resting place of soldiers, most of whom died during the D-Day campaign and the days after. Lots of men who died on June 6 are buried here. Thinking about the loss of life at the Normandy beaches who literally walked into the German gunfire and are buried here now really is breathtaking and very emotional.

There is also one special WW1 grave on this cemetery. Quentin Roosevelt is buried here, next to his brother Theodore Roosevelt Jr. on Plot D, Row 28, Graves 45 and 46. Quentin was the first son of President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt and died in WW1. President Roosevelt’s other son, Theodore (Ted) died on July 12 1944 who died of a heart attack. Ted Roosevelt personally led his men from Utah Beach on D-Day and the days after.

Also buried on this cemetery are the Niland brothers who were the inspiration of the movie Saving Private Ryan:
- Preston T. Niland Plot F, Row 15, Grave 12
- Robert J. Niland Plot F, Row 15, Grave 11

Colleville Tjarco adopted 3 graves on this cemetery. More information on them can be found on this website of course. If you also want to adopt a grave here, please look at the Adoption page for more information.

The cemetery is open daily to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except December 25 and January 1. It is open on host country holidays. When the cemetery is open to the public, a staff member is on duty in the Visitor Building to answer questions and escort relatives to grave and memorial sites.

source:ABMC Colleville


Statue at the cemetery


Frank D. Peregory - Medal of Honor




Flowers at a grave



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