We headed to Normandy for the 73rd Anniversary of D-Day. It was so powerful and awe-inspiring! I highly recommend a visit. When we walked up to the beach the first thing that caught our eye was this MASSIVE memorial.
I found out later, this structure was called Les Braves Memorial. It was built to honor the Americans who lost their lives during the D-Day invasion.
“The memorial represents three elements: The Wings of Hope, Rise Freedom, and the Wings Of Fraternity. French sculptor Anilore Banon, created the monument in 2004, commissioned by the French government to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion Of Normandy.”
We also visited the Normandy American Cemetery. It was the first American cemetery on European soil and houses over 9,000 Americans who perished during WWII. It was overwhelming to witness. It’s hard to explain just how massive it was. I looked up the size and it said the cemetery is comprised of 172.5 acres.
We stayed about an hour away in Houlgate, a quiet coastal town. There were so many vacation homes around and they each had a little plaque with their name on it! Trés charmant! This was a quick trip, we only stayed two days, so I think a return trip to Normandy is in order!
Have you visited Normandy? Any recommendations for our next visit??