Later on Sunday, another ceremony will take place at the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, on a bluff overseeing Omaha Beach. Charles Shay, 96, a Penobscot Native American who now lives in Normandy, is expected to be the only veteran present in person. Some other veterans, and families of soldiers, will be able to watch the broadcast on social media.
The cemetery contains 9380 graves, most of them for servicemen who lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations. Another 1557 names are inscribed on the Walls of the Missing.
Normandy has more than 20 military cemeteries holding mostly Americans, Germans, French, British, Canadians and Polish troops who took part in the historic battle.
Compared to twelve months ago, when tens of thousands reached Normandy's northern French beaches, a much smaller number of people attended this year's celebration due to the coronavirus pandemic. Most public events have been canceled, and the official ceremonies are limited to a small number of selected guests and dignitaries.
A cliff or very steep bank.
An area of ground in which bodies are buried.
Arlington National Cemetery is a United States military cemetery in Arlington Country, Virginia.
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