Nearly 3,000 Allied military personnel, mostly soldiers, lost their lives on D-Day. Every year, millions of people come to see where and how the conflict unfolded. The D-Day landing beaches have since become a symbol of the price of peace worldwide.
With Parisi Tour, take advantage of a full-day excursion departing from Paris, with lunch on site. Here is a preview of what you can see during this unforgettable day.
The Caen Memorial
Located in close proximity to the D-Day landing beaches, the visitor center of the Caen Memorial is one of the must-visit sites for the Battle of Normandy and 20th-century history.
From the origins of World War II to the end of the Cold War, the museum exhibits recount these dark chapters of 20th-century history. Caen, bombed during the summer of 1944, a city liberated but marred by suffering, deserved a tribute commensurate with the hardships endured.
That is the purpose of the Caen Memorial, aiming for perpetual action in the perspective of reconciliation.
Throughout your visit, you will discover the historical events that marked World War II, from the assault of Nazism to the Normandy landing, including the Holocaust. Several films ensure a comprehensive and diverse visit. A dedicated exhibition space is specifically devoted to the Cold War and press illustrations.
Omaha Beach is tragically famous for being both the most devastating and the most glorious moment of the Normandy invasion, marking the beginning of the end of World War II.
This long stretch of sandy beach extends as far as the eye can see and remains a silent tribute to D-Day and its victims. Omaha Beach is essential to understanding the American invasion in Normandy.
Omaha Beach is home to an impressive war memorial and a museum showcasing artillery equipment from the battle. The American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, just behind Omaha Beach, serves as a poignant reminder of the significance of the Battle of Normandy.
The neighboring town of Bayeux is home to an even larger and more impressive war museum, with extensive information about the history of the battle, photographs, artillery, and other war artifacts.
American Cemetery and Memorial
The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France is located in Colleville-sur-Mer, on the site of the temporary American cemetery of Saint-Laurent, established by the First U.S. Army on June 8, 1944, as the first American cemetery on European soil during World War II.
The cemetery site contains the graves of 9,386 of our military personnel who died, most of whom lost their lives during the D-Day landing and the subsequent operations. On the Walls of the Missing, in a semicircular garden located on the east side of the memorial, 1,557 names are inscribed. Rosettes mark the names of those who have been found and identified since then.
The memorial consists of a semicircular colonnade with a loggia at each end, containing large maps and narratives of military operations. In the center stands the bronze statue "Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves."
An orientation table overlooking the beach describes the Normandy landing. Looking west from the memorial, one can see the reflecting pool in the foreground. Beyond that is the burial area with a circular chapel, and at the far end, granite statues representing the United States and France.
As you can see, this excursion will immerse you in the heart of our history. With Parisi Tour, you will have the opportunity to visit all the essential monuments in the region. For more information, please don't hesitate to contact us.