Normandy American Cemetery: Colleville-sur-Mer

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The American cemetery at Colleville sits atop the bluff overlooking "Easy Red" sector of Omaha Beach. Covering are area of 172 acres, the cemetery was dedicated in 1956 and is the resting place for 9,385 American dead. A memorial to the missing with almost 1,600 names stands at one end of the cemetery. It is the most visited cemetery under the administration of the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) and receives over 1 million visitors each year.

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Amongst the burials here are Medal of Honour recipient General Theodore Roosevelt, eldest son of President Teddy Roosevelt. His younger brother, Quentin, was a pilot killed in action in the First World War. In 1955, Quentin's body was exhumed from Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and reinterred at Colleville next to his brother.

The entrance road leading to the cemetery is accessed from the D514 at the roundabout immediately opposite the Overlord Museum. It can also be accessed by car from the "E1 Exit" on the Fox Green section of Omaha Beach using a one-way road. From that area it is also possible to travel on foot up the hill past both the monument to the 5th Engineer Special Brigade (sitting atop a casemate of WN62) and the 1st Infantry Division monument.

The cemetery has been as used as a location in a number of films and dramas. It was the used in the poster for the horror film the Omen, but most notably and more poignently in the opening and closing sequences of "Saving Private Ryan", starring Tom Hanks.

Unlike the cemeteries of the other nationalities, the American cemeteries do close to the public each day. Colleville is open daily, except on December 25 and January 1. For the exact opening times please check the American Battle Monuments Commission website. There is a huge car park with dedicated spaces for both coaches and private cars. The cemetery is wheelchair accessible.

In May 2007 a $30m visitor centre was opened. Visitors must pass through secury with a metal detector to access the centre - a sad commentary on the world of today - but it a certainly a must to visit either together with or indepdently of a vist to the cemetery itself. Inside are information panels focussing on a number of specific individuals and their role in Overlord.

A time-capsule that was burried in 1969 is located near the cemetery entrance. It is due to be opened in 2044.

Search burials online for this cemetery.


Contact Details:

  • Normandy American Cemetery
  • Omaha Beach
  • 14710 Colleville-sur-Mer

  • N 49° 21.413   W 0° 51.180

  • +33 2 33 41 41 35

  • normandy@abmc.gov

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