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ABMC commemorated the 80th anniversary of the Allied landings at Normandy American Cemetery. Watch the livestream.
The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) was established by Congress in 1923 as an independent federal agency to oversee its sacred mission in perpetuity.
“Memorial Day is not just a date on a calendar. It’s a sacred pause.” Memorial Day is a special day to honor our nation’s fallen in solemn remembrance and pay tribute to those buried or memorialized at our 26 cemeteries and 31 memorials around the world.
"Behind every cross is a story." 🇺🇸 Cpl. Frank M. Elliott is one of the 9,388 personal stories behind the crosses at Normandy American Cemetery. His daughter, DeRonda Elliott, shares his story and discusses the legacy of those who served on D-Day.
“The sacrifices that all the Allied men and women made is appreciated, respected, and definitely not forgotten.” The daughter of Staff Sergeant Stephen Coleman, Carol Donahue, shares insights into the soldiers' mindset upon their arrival at Normandy's Utah Beach on June 6, 1944.
“The world wouldn’t be what it is today if it hadn’t been for the sacrifice of all those young men.”
“If you don’t protect that beach, the men can’t come in, if the men can’t come in, you can’t win a war.” Staff Sergeant Irving Locker landed on Utah Beach with the 116th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion on D-Day.
“I have to go back, because there’s something there that draws you back.” WWII Veteran Senior Master Sergeant Harry Miller joined the U.S. Army at the age of 15. In the winter of 1944, he landed on the beaches of Normandy with the 740th Tank Battalion.
“If there was one message for future generations, it would be never forget and remember them.” George Luz Jr., the son of Easy Company member Technician 4th grade George Luz Sr., speaks on the importance of remembering the legacy of our D-Day heroes.
"They were willing to stand up and go out and not all of them came back." Carver McGriff stormed Utah Beach on D-Day +1. Since that day, he has returned to Normandy multiple times to honor the men he served alongside who did not make it home.
To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, U.S. WWII veterans returned to Normandy. They walked the beaches they once stormed. They reunited with their fallen comrades-in-arms. They shared their stories. Thank you will never be enough.
The date was June 6, 1944. On June 6, 2024, we commemorated the 80th anniversary of D-Day. May we remember the fallen and honor the legacy of those who changed the course of history.
On June 6, the American Battle Monuments Commission commemorated the 80th anniversary of D-Day at Normandy American Cemetery.
The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) was created in 1923 to commemorate the service and sacrifice of the U.S. Armed Forces. More than 200,000 American fallen and Missing in Action (MIA) are interred and honored at our cemeteries and memorials.
Every headstone is a reminder of the price at which our freedoms and our way of life are won.
On June 6, 2019, we remember the stories and sacrifices of those who were a part of the Allied landings in Normandy.