The American Cemetery was opened in 1956. Spread over an area of 70 hectares owned by the Government of the United States, it overlooks Omaha Beach.
9388 people are buried here including 307 women and 4 unknown. 14000 U.S. buried in Normandy were repatriated during the following years to the United States at the request of their families.
The Memorial Garden of the Missings honors 1557 soldiers.
3 holders of the Medal of Honor are buried here: General Theodore Roosevelt Junior (the eldest son of the President of the United States), Lt. Jimmie Monteith (see picture below) and Frank Peregory.
The cemetery has a "time capsule" buried directly in front of the entrance to the old building visitors. It contains papers and dispatches announcing the invasion of Normandy and Overlord Operation. It is also said that a letter written by the Chief of the U.S. armed forces, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, would be preserved there and would be unearthed on June the 6th, 2044 to be read. Rumor or Reality? ...
The cemetery is open to the public daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except on December the 25th and January the 1st. It is open during French holidays. Disclaimer : The management team of the destination has the possibility to change the opening days and hours without prior communication.
When the cemetery is open to the public, the official service in the Visitor Center (U.S. administration) answers to questions and assists families to graves and memorials.
The Spielberg movie "Saving Private Ryan" (1998) starts at Omaha Beach.
The American Cemetery is located in the Calvados, at the Northwest of Bayeux.
From Paris, take the highway A13 to the West until Caen. Then, take the N13 to the West to Damigni through Bayeux. The turn right towards Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer. From Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, take to the East towards Colleville-sur-Mer.
The American Cemetery is located between the village and the Omaha Beach that it overlooks.