On June 6, 1944, the Allies invaded German-occupied Western Europe by way of Normandy, France, during World War II. From D-Day through August 21, the Allies sent more than two million soldiers into Northern France and suffered more than 226,386 casualties. The Allied countries included the United States, Great Britain, France, Canada, Australia and China.
There are countless monuments across Normandy’s beaches and inland to honor those who lost their lives. There is also the Normandy American Cemetery.
A U.S. Army 1st Infantry Division monument stands at Omaha Beach today, at the top of the green hills overlooking the beach:
A look in the opposite direction:
There is a 5th Engineer Special Brigade monument at Omaha Beach:
The monument reads, “For exceptional services of war rendered in the course of the operation of liberation of France.” It also lists the “valiant Americans of the 5th Engineer Special Brigade who gave their lives in the assault on this beach on 6 June 1944.”
Views of Omaha Beach:
A monument to the 29th Infantry Division:
A monument to the U.S. National Guard units that responded on D-Day:
There is a stone laid to remember those Rangers who took Pointe du Hoc.
A monument to the 90th Infantry Division:
A monument for the 1st Engineer Special Brigade:
A monument for the 101st Airborne: