June 6th is a very particular day for my native Normandy. Many tributes will be paid in the cities the most affected by the assault. I join modestly the testimonies by posting a photo of the American Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer.
9386 soldiers rest in this cemetery, in a magnificent space overhanging Omaha Beach.
The perfect alignment of the graves on an emerald green lawn inspires an unforgettable feeling of peace and serenity.
The space was conceived so that of any point of view, we can see a row of crosses.
For the Memorial day, a French flag and an American flag are planted under every cross, and an official ceremony greets the memory of these soldiers.
The association The Flowers of Memory also invites their members to decorate with flowers the graves of the American soldiers fallen in France.
In a gesture of respect, of remembrance and of friendship, the families and members of the association "Les Fleurs de la Mémoire" commit in writing : to lay a bouquet of flowers on the grave of a soldier, one time per year, if possible on the American Memorial Day, to remember the sacrifices of these brave men.
In memory of William E. Dixon, Private First Class, died in Normandy on July 31st, 1944.
The grave of the soldier determined by the association to my Dad.
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macondo (18623) 2012-06-06 4:32
It seems we have uploaded D-Day photos only minutes apart and they are together side by side in the gallery. I did visit the cemetery at Colevill-sur-Mer, but decided to upload a shot from Omaha beach. I found the experience of visiting the beaches and various memorials to be a very profound one. This is a beautiful tribute photograph, showing impressively the rows of crosses and the flags of the Allied nations. Thanks for the wonderful note. My father was in the British Army and fought in France and Belgium before he was evacuated from Dunkirk. He spent the remainder of the war in Burma, but he kept very fond memories of the French people who helped him and his companions reach safety.
GiovanniG (2924) 2012-06-06 4:48
Wonderful capture of the sacrifice of so many young men. The photo is fantastically clean and well framed. Thank you for sharing.
dta (68734) 2012-06-06 4:51
Bonjour Karine ,
C'est terrible , mais je me demande si on n'a pas tendance à oublier cette date du 6 juin . Bonne idée de nous la rappeler , avec un cliché très réussi (la courbe) d'un de ces émouvants cimetières .
Bluejeans (64249) 2012-06-06 5:17
Ola Karine ,
Bonita composição neste cemitério com estas bandeiras e cruzes dos soldados mortos na II Guerra Mundial , bom contraste de cores, bom efeito visual , sem duvida um lugar triste , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
bukitgolfb301 (36668) 2012-06-06 18:04
Hi dear Karine, how are you?
Sorry for my late reaction.
Ya that was memorial day, I remember.
Another impressive and attractive shot!
Fantastic and tasetful color allocation. Thanks for your sharing with nice job and have a good day!
Many thanks and best regards,
Takero, from Tokyo
Wahclellaspirit (3963) 2012-06-06 18:31
You have a beautiful image, an image that represents freedom from oppression.
When I lived in France just a few years after WW II I too visited many cemetaries as my dad served under Patton and was at the Bridge at Remagen when he was hit by shrapnel driving across. I have toured Verdun before they had cleaned the fields of the shells and mines as I recall the barbed wire fences with skulls and crossbones announcing the danger that lay at your feet. I have stood at Patton's gravesite,and it was there that my dad discovered one of his best friends during the war buried in that same cemetary. Each of the cemetaries in France are the most beautiful that I have seen, each clean, well manicured lawns, and always a place where one can reflect.
May all the soldiers that have sacrificed their lives for freedom be honored for their bravery...
jjcordier (77356) 2012-06-06 22:51
C'est vraiment le lieu idéal pour cet hommage. Tu as réalisé une composition très photogénique à partir de ces croix, exploitant de très belle façon la petite ondulation du terrain et les drapeaux français et américains.
baclama (18205) 2012-06-06 23:38
une bien belle photo avec des couleurs bien gérées, un cadrage tres bien choisi...on en a beaucoup vu mais tu as reussi à etre originale
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4798) 2012-06-11 3:12
A beautiful tribute! Nice capture on this crosses. What a coincidence, I've even just posted a picture of the American Cemetery here in Manila. We all know that battle in normandy was really epic.
Have a great day!
- Copyright: Karine Zilbermann (KLB) (23723)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-05-27
- Categories: Ceremony
- Camera: Nikon D80, Tamron AF18-200mm 3,5-6,3 XR Di II E 6
- Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-06-06 4:17