I visited the Normandy American Military Cemetery, a memorial park in Colleville-sur-Mer overlooking the Omaha landing beach.


The graves of US soldiers who gave their lives to free Europe are marked by a poignant sea of white marble, seemingly going on into infinity. It’s hard to reconcile the silent tranquility of the setting with the smoke and slaughter, the grim toll of that day.


This pool is outside a small museum. It’s a quiet place to sit and reflect on the sobering stories of the soldiers and their families.

Stories of uncommon courage. Stories of staggering sacrifice. It’s impossible not to be humbled in the presence of these heroes.

Toni 1/20/18











  1. I couldn’t help but shed a tear when I read this. This is a beautiful tribute to those who gave their lives for freedom during World War II in Normandy. I have never been there, I am sure the silence is sobering.

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