We called at the Brittany American Cemetery (which is in Normandy just!) This site is less of a draw for the coach and school parties than the larger one at St Laurent. We had it to ourselves for some quiet contemplation
The chapel has a carillion - sitting listening to it play Halls of Montezuma across the empty cemetery was really something.
Wondering around looking at the variety of orgin of the names, Italian, Eastern European, Anglo Saxon, Germanic, Hispanic engraved on the headstones really brought to mind the lines from "The New Colossus"
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Although one did strike me - a Robert E Lee..
Private First Class, U.S. Army , Service # 32956306
110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division
Entered the Service from: Delaware
Buried at: Plot C Row 3 Grave 1
Brittany American Cemetery
St. James, France
Awards: Purple Heart
Private FC Robert E Lee - I Thank you.
From St James we headed across some higher ground at Montjoie St Martin and found a small French plot to the volunteer Moroccan soldiers serving with the Leclerc Divisionn who helped to liberate the small village.
We then headed west across toward Mont St Michel. Calling at the German Cemetery at Huisines Sur Mer.- well more accurately it is an Ossuary. A somewhat cold and stark place, but a final resting place for nearly 12,000 men for relatives to visit.Of course history is written (and built) by the victors.
From the rear of the cemetery you can see across to Mont St Michel rising up from the Bay.
A true vision of a fantasy castle rising up from the seas if ever there was one. It is a fascinating sight. I can imagine building this as a terrain piece!