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Omaha Beach: an impressive open-air museum
On D-Day, June 6, 1944, troops of the 1st and 29th Airborne Divisions landed on Omaha Beach. This was the code name used for the beach at the French towns of Vierville-sur-Mer, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer and Colleville-sur-Mer. On this six-kilometer-long beach, the American troops met fierce resistance from the Germans. Almost the entire operation was a huge failure. Today, Omaha Beach is a place where this impressive event of more than 75 years ago is still commemorated daily.
Learn about the history surrounding this beach
Omaha Beach played a very important role in the liberation of Europe. Scattered over the area around the beach you will find many sights that remind of this history today. The American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer is an impressive place to visit. This cemetery honors American soldiers who fell during the Battle of Normandy. If you want to learn more about the context in which the Battle of Normandy and the fighting on and around Omaha Beach took place, a visit to Museum Overlord is recommended. This is not a large museum, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive.
A monument in the sand
In the middle of Omaha Beach is a steel monument to commemorate D-Day and honor the fallen soldiers. The Les Braves monument is located near Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer and consists of three parts. In doing so, the memorial attempts to convey three messages: Hope, Courage, and Brotherhood. You can also find more memories of the war in the vicinity of Omaha Beach. There are still German defenses, such as Widerstandsnest 60, to be seen. For anyone interested in the Second World War or who finds it important that this history is not forgotten, a visit to Omaha Beach is definitely recommended. Moreover, Omaha Beach is also a nice beach for a walk along the sea.