River Baroness Cruise Photos
Day 3: D-Day Sites (4)
The final stop of our tour was thein Colleville-sur-Mer, overlooking Omaha Beach.
The top photo shows the cemetery's reflecting pool; the second picture is of the Memorial, which faces the 10 grave plots.
The cemetery was established only two days after the invasion. It has 9,387 graves.
During our visit, each River Baroness passenger was given a flower and a "Fiche de fleurissement" document with the name and home state of an American soldier, the date of his death, and the location of his grave.
Uniworld is a member of the
Association Les Fleurs de la Mémoire
("Flowers of Remembrance"), the organization that provides the flowers.
In the first photo above, Cheryl is placing a flower on the grave of Private John
C. De Vita of New York, a soldier of the 12th Infantry - 4th Division who died
on July 15, 1944.
Just beyond the graves and an overlook, a path led down to Omaha Beach.
We were on a tight tour schedule, so we headed for the Visitor Center, where we
encountered a Dutch lady with her Schapendoes (a Dutch sheepdog), who
were waiting outside while the woman's husband looked at the exhibits. Except
for its coloring, the dog reminded us of
Maggie, our Bearded Collie.
The lady may have been disappointed that dogs weren't allowed inside the Visitor Center, but at least she and her Schapendoes were spared from having to stand in the slow-moving security line.
Soon, it was time to leave the Normandy American Cemetery for the long drive back to Rouen.
The tide was out again by the time we returned to River Baroness later in the afternoon. In the lower photo, you can see that the head of Sebastien Wendling, the ship's hotel manager, is barely level with the quay.
From our cabin, we had to look up for a view of joggers on the waterfront
promenade and the spire of Rouen Cathedral.
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