The World War II Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is situated on a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel in Colleville-sur Mer, France. It is just east of St. Laurent-sur-Mer and northwest of Bayeux about one hundred and seventy miles west of Paris.
It contains the graves of 9,387 American military Dead, most of whom gave their lives during the landings and ensuing operations of World War II.
On the walls of the semicircular garden on the east side of the memorial are inscribed the names of 1,557 American Missing who gave their lives in the service of their country, but whose remains were not located or identified.
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jimkilgallon (0) 2008-06-05 7:11
I like the perspective you have chosen for this historic landmark. My eyes seems to go down the diagonal paths more than the straight path ahead. Colours and sharpness look very good. Well composed
difty93 (545) 2008-06-05 7:15
what amazing picture with perfect POV!
lrw1966 (1632) 2008-06-05 7:18
A wonderful presentaion of this image. Congratulatons very well done. Our son was able to vist this on his Holiday last summer and sent images, it is a beautiful place. Thanks for your presentation.
geert1 (146) 2008-06-05 7:20
nice and peacefull foto!
Geert de Graaf
Jeppo (17645) 2008-06-05 7:45
excellent POV and very good geometrical pattern of those crosses.
these cemeteries are always very clean and well kept. they are full of peace and so it is even more striking when you think about these place were actually the killing fields!
Longroute (19396) 2008-06-05 9:56
I visited myself one of those American war cemeteries in northern France, maybe that one photographed here or maybe another one similar. The sky was overcast like in your picture, I remember I was impressed and moved.
I think your photo has a symbolic value, remembering us about those tragic memories, still it has a graphic motive that hits the eye: all those rows of white crosses that contrast with the bright green grass. A photo that makes one stops and reflects.
PixelTerror (0) 2008-06-06 1:58
A place that is for sure symbolic for most americans. I find nice to have here a V opening on the perspectives, but here you missed some angle and cut the background tree, in this case a stitch of 2 overlapping vertical views would have done the trick.
Have a nice day jY
Greg1949 (9011) 2008-06-06 2:39
Asa, great shot, great note. thanks
jhm (160975) 2008-06-06 4:45
You brought a visit to the cemetery of American soldiers.
I was three year old, when the British and Americans soldiers did an attack on the France coasts.
My parents live in Belgium and two month later we sat middle of the War.
I my municipality is also the militair cemetery, but almost alone Canedians and Polish soldiers.
This are our liberators, and we are this not forget!
Very well done.
Have a nice weekend,
claudeD (41882) 2008-06-06 12:18
we also have an American Military Cimetery here in Luxembourg.I like the choice of the perspective here in this shot.Very well done.
With regards from Luxembourg
gunbud (34066) 2008-06-06 19:01
Great POV that brings dramatic sharp lines to this lovely historic landscape. The contrast between the white crosses and the lush green grass is striking. Excellent historic note about those who gave the ultimate sacrifce for their country.
snunney (107513) 2008-06-07 0:35
A very fitting posting to commemorate D-Day and those who lost their lives to free Europe from tyranny. Good point of view with the serried ranks of crosses amid the diverging lines. Excellent colours and clarity.
Budapestman (82620) 2008-06-07 1:52
Great shot with splendid composition. The note is excellent,
Have a nice weekend
rodgerg (55767) 2008-06-07 4:23
Beautiful graphic effect on this cemetery, a very good POV, nice contrast between white and green.
jlbrthnn (76039) 2008-06-07 5:39
Their existence was marked of a cross blance. Alignments are impressive and yet represent the tombs only one negligible part of those which fell to the combat. It is a beautiful image, which encourages to be keep silent.
Have a nice day and week-end
BWJ (3094) 2008-06-07 13:50
This is a beautiful picture well composed with the rows of crosses. The strong colors white and green are striking. Being American, it is very meaningful for me to see this picture of the cemetery at Normandy.
Thank you for sharing it.
Graal (103038) 2008-06-07 23:54
good reportage and informations. Fine perspective of crosses and well composed image. Unusual historic place. Well done picture.
chinchini (31529) 2008-06-08 5:32
Très bon choix de photo pour commémorer l'anniversaire du débarquement allié en Normandie. Des croix blanches à n'en plus finir dans ce cimetière comme dans d'autres en France et ailleurs.
mark_mk (266) 2008-06-08 6:16
you have done a great job capturing the atmosphere of this place, good point of view and excellent depth of field.
Such a sad image, let`s never forget about this terrible war and hope that something like that will never happen again.
gildasjan (43824) 2008-06-08 6:46
Un bel hommage rendu aux soldats américains per cette photo tout simplement.
sacimar (29005) 2008-06-08 21:11
good picture, I like the way you focused, the perspective, good details, well done,
John_F_Kennedy (43763) 2008-06-08 23:38
Good contrast between the ggreen and the white crosses. Excellent sharpness too. Well done.
TopGeo (38216) 2008-06-09 1:07
Hi ASA I like the excellent shot!Good picture that you have here it reminds us that we are here for little. Amazing the prospect and the exceptional clarity.
kermit350 (9016) 2008-06-09 4:01
Hello Asa, it was a true massacre on these coasts of Normandy, mainly in the American battalions, you posts the 6, who are the longest day of the history of the unloading, they are well of being able to remember this tragedy, You seized l' well; vastness of the place and its multitudes of crosses which form lines in l' image, the diagonals which these crosses form give l' occasion to see an incredible number and to say of it that each one d' it represents a young person who is tomb so far from at his place, sincerely
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2008-06-09 12:34
That crosses are perfect to avoid another disaster as the WWs were. I like this kind of homages pictures. Are lovely in order to remember.
clnaef (6289) 2008-06-09 22:54
Intéressante et agréable perspective.
JCG (35129) 2008-06-10 0:30
I already visited an American cemetery, not that one, but the atmosphere is the same one, a very great meditation, and it is rather impressive. This photo watch well this atmosphere. Good management of the lights and this whole of colors. All these crosses give a good depth to the image.
With all my friendships and with soon,
Clementi (52514) 2008-06-10 3:11
Nice shot,right memory for all the soldiers who have lost the life to defend the freedom, in June 1944.
Charo (51212) 2008-06-10 3:22
Estupendo grafismo con las líneas de cruces. Muy buena profundidad y excelentes colores y detalles.
Waylim (25436) 2008-06-10 9:03
Must be very emotional to be there. Excellent capture of the cemetery. The white crosses stood out so well agaist the green yet still see various shade of waht on them. Good sharpness and great details. DOF is good with nice soft light. Thanks a little piece of history.
Fis2 (107486) 2008-06-10 14:45
Curious composition and frame. I like the colors and sharpness. Very impressive picture!
Uhu (8609) 2008-06-11 2:46
High, very good photo of this quite special place. Amazing geometry and interconnection of the Crosses Field and trees and sky above. All those people, there are thousands and thousands of such cemeteries all around Europe. Germans, Russians, Britains, Americans, Finns and so on and so on.
Human life was so low-respected in that times. Here you show it again - all those crosses. Every one have a dead man down there, with a family left to mourn.
Millions and millions of lives.
It's really touching photo, many thanks for posting this.
mumek (20202) 2008-06-11 3:07
Good morning Asa!
Great composition and nice view at the cemetery
in Colleville-sur-Mer. Excellent contrast between white crosses against grass and darker sky
Very well done
Didi (60590) 2008-06-11 8:34
Interesting perspective o V victory in the middle.
I guess you should take a lower POV to give more depht in your composition.
AiresSantos (56155) 2008-06-13 9:29
Fine view od this American Cemetery. Excellent POV, graphic effect and colours
RPoole5552 (1812) 2008-06-17 6:48
I think many people today have forgotten about this great sacrifice. As a history buff I would love to visited this hallowed place. Thanks for sharing.
didemay (2945) 2008-06-18 14:42
i liked the POV...but if you went littttle bit to the left what would have happened? lose the big trees position in the compo?
paura (46464) 2008-06-19 17:35
The geometrical pattern are really very interesting here. Lighting and colors management also a nice point. Well done!
messenger1 (1033) 2008-06-23 8:53
Hello, Asa -
This is a striking image. Your chosen POV shows the intersection straight and diagonal rows of stark white crosses, but also give a great sense of large space. Sharp details, very moving atmosphere. Well done.
mikeo (12129) 2008-07-03 12:31
Repetition of crosses is main thing here and works absolutely great! Almost never ending terrain with all these crosses looks great and so sad! Nice colours and great composition
TFS and greetings from Poland,
jorgi (3810) 2008-12-09 2:27
seeing photos like this makes one think about the reasons and motives for such horrible actions and losses that were made in the past and are made as we speak...
Friends disapeeared, sons lost, parents dead... so many life stories, so much pain and sorrow for what?
Well, I better not continue in this direction so I will compliment the photo itself...for its fantastic POV and colour display...quiet image yet very loud, calm yet very disturbing. As it should be.
- Copyright: Asa Jernigan (asajernigan) (21427)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-06-20
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon Rebel Digital, Canon 18-55 mm
- Exposure: f/11, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): All Saints War Cemeteries. [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-06-05 7:03