Normandy Visitor Center Re-opens
Just in time for the 75th anniversary of the Allied landing on the beaches of Normandy that turned the tide of World War II in Europe, the Visitor Center at Normandy American Cemetery has re-opened. Since its dedication in 2007, the Visitor Center has told the story of the more than 9,380 Americans buried within the cemetery, putting the D-Day landings and follow-on battle in Europe in perspective as one of the greatest military achievements of all time.
The renovated exhibit space now highlights in a visual and emotional way, the D-Day timeline and provides greater emphasis on the contributions of the French resistance. It also features many of the personal stories of the men and women who served and fought during the Normandy campaign. In addition to exhibits, the Visitor Center includes a theater showing the film On Their Shoulders regularly.
Twelve years after the creation of the Visitor Center, the renovation demonstrates the American Battle Monument Commission's commitment to provide the best visitor experience to those coming to pay their respects and remember the sacrifice of the thousands of U.S. service members who served during the Allied operations in France.
The Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from April 1 to September 30, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the year. Admissions to the Visitor Center is free and ends 15 minutes before closing time. No tickets or reservations are required.
To learn more about the creation of the Visitor Center of the Normandy American Cemetery, read our 2007 article.