Last week I wrote about the first part of our trip to Bayeux; you can read about that here. After visiting sites in Bayeux, we headed to the D-Day Beaches and other WWII sites. We started our tour at Arromanches-les-Bains where artificial ports were installed to allow for quick unloading of supplies, equipment, and troops prior to the June, 1944 invasion.
Referred to as Mulberry A, located at Omaha Beach, and Mulberry B, located at Gold Beach, these portable harbors were developed in the UK, and towed across the English Channel for the invasion. You can read more about this incredible engineering feat here.
Today, Arromanches-les-Bains is a beautiful resort town, thanks to the sacrifices made by the British, American, Canadian, French, and other Allied Troops.
Our next stop was the American Military Cemetery located in Colleville-sur-Mer, on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach. The cemetery covers 172.5 acres and has 9,386 graves.
The site includes a semi-circular colonnade with a bronze statue titled “Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves” in the center. This site has a lovely reflecting pool, and maps of the invasion routes.
The location of our home is on the above map to the left. It’s hard to imagine troops in our quiet neighborhood.
At the Omaha Beach landing site, you’ll find museums and memorials dedicated to the 3,000 troops who lost their lives here on D-Day. I found it poignant to see people, even young people, laying flowers and wreaths at the base of the monument in the photo below.
As I mentioned last week, we stayed in Bayeux, which is about a 30 minute drive from the D-Day Beaches and other WWII sites. There are a wide variety of museums, monuments, and other WWII sites to see along the 54 mile stretch of coast near Bayeux, and a wide variety of tours available depending on your interests. Both theTravelsketcher and I have uncles who served here on D-Day, thus our interest in these particular locations.
Have you visited any of the WWII sites in this area? As always, I’m interested in your thoughts, so please leave a message.
Stay safe and healthy,