Seventy-five years ago, beginning at 0630 hours the Allied troops began storming the beaches of Normandy. Five different beaches were ambushed spanning 50 miles of shores: Omaha, Utah, Gold, Juno and Sword. Canadian and British forces took control of the beaches of Juno, Gold and Sword while the hardest battle was fought on Omaha Beach. The goal was to take control of the German held plateau, where the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial now stands. Of the sixteen tanks deployed, only two tanks survived the battle and everything was left to infantrymen after just two hours of battle.
The cemetery also commemorates the lives of the Army Air Forces that were shot down over France as early as 1942. The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is a consolidation of the ten temporary cemeteries that were in the area and was dedicated on July 18, 1956 by the American Battle Monuments Commission. The ABMC was first spearheaded by John J. Pershing, who stated, “Time will not dim the glory of their deeds.”
More information can be found at https://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/normandy-american-cemetery