Thank you, all of you who went ashore 63 years ago. I've had the pleasure of seeing the Beaches that you had to dread to see. I've seen the cemetery.
It's a powerful thing to see. There is a chapel on the grounds of the cemetery with a mosaic ceiling depicting two scenes. One is America blessing her sons as they leave to fight. The other is a woman symbolizing France bestowing a laurel wreath on the American dead. The inscription reads "Through the gate of death may they pass to their joyful resurrection" and "Think not only upon their passing / Remember the glory of their spirit."