Updated on 12 January 2021
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Over the interminable summer of 1944, beginning on 6 June, men from around the world were drawn into a bloody conflict that was fought out in Normandy. For the Allies the issue was the obliteration of Nazi tyranny, and for the Western Alliance a return to freedom.
We will remember them
Normandy bears the marks of the passing of this battle in the form of the many cemeteries across the region where the memory of those who fell is kept alive: British, Americans, Canadians, Poles, Australians, New Zealanders, French, Belgians. The Norwegians, Dutch, and other Allies who fought alongside them are also honoured in the many ceremonies held each summer. The suffering of the local population in Normandy should not be forgotten either as the fighting and bombing produced civilian death and destruction on a huge scale. Then there are the German cemeteries….
What follows invites you to reflect upon this terrible page of history by visiting – or re-visiting – the many cemeteries, battlefield sites, and museums relating to D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Freedom is not free; it has a price, and it had to be fought for and defended. We, our children and grandchildren, still enjoy the first fruits of peace, reconciliation and freedom, and here in Normandy we are best placed to make your stay meaningful.