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Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
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Cemeteries [ Intro ] [ Cemeteries ] [ Maps ] NORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL ( English Version | Version française ) The Normandy Campaign – The Advance Inland The Normandy Campaign – The Advance Inland Learn the story of the Normandy Campaign from D-Day through the liberation of Paris. Watch the Nornmandy Visitor Center Preview Video Normandy Visitor Center / Le Visitor Center Watch a video about the Normandy Visitor’s Center. Learn more about the Normandy Visitor’s Center. Pour en savior plus.. The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France is located on the site of the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery, established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944 and the first American cemetery on European soil in World War II. The cemetery site, at the north end of its half mile access road, covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,387 of our military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations.
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