Thursday, March 4, 2010

More American Cemeteries, Brittany and Somme

Our tour of European American Cemeteries continues; we have visited 8 of them. Their quantity is haunting and inconceivable. The thought of so many young soldiers buried far away is jarring and compelling. It is incomprehensible that each cross represents a person with a story and a family who gave his life for our collective freedom. But as I said before, visiting these makes us feel closer to home. Connor runs to find "her flag" and the white crosses beckon our respect and reverence.
The Brittany Cemetery is on 28 acres with 4,410 graves. They identify lives lost in the campaign of 1944 in WWII.

The Somme Cemetary near Bonne, France marks losses in WWI with 1844 graves. This one was smaller but still too big.

We are usually the only ones at the American Cemeteries. Us and the one employee manning the grounds. It is comforting to step on these small, pristine manicured patches of American soil and say Hello in a Southern accent without wondering if they speak English.

We found a Medal of Honor winner here.
A friend recently remarked, "Don't all those cemeteries look the same after a while?" They do. They run together and it is hard to take it all in. Yet we still feel as if we must.

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