Normandy American Cemetery Time Capsule - Colleville-sur-Mer, France
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N 49° 21.508 W 000° 51.237
30U E 655832 N 5469521
Quick Description: The time capsule is located in the Normandy American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer on the Normandy coast of France.
Location: Normandie, France
Date Posted: 11/13/2014 7:05:24 PM
Waymark Code: WMMW8Q
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
"Embedded in the lawn directly opposite the entrance to the old Visitors' Building is a time capsule which has been sealed and contains news reports of the June 6, 1944 Normandy landings. The capsule is covered by a pink granite slab upon which is engraved: To be opened June 6, 2044. Affixed in the center of the slab is a bronze plaque adorned with the five stars of a General of the Army and engraved with the following inscription: 'In memory of General Dwight D. Eisenhower and the forces under his command. This sealed capsule containing news reports of the June 6, 1944 Normandy landings is placed here by the newsmen who were here, June 6, 1969."

-- Wikipedia

The text on the time capsule plaque appears as follows:

In memory of GENERAL DWIGHT D.
EISENHOWER and the forces under his
command this sealed capsule containing
news reports of the JUNE 6, 1944
NORMANDY LANDINGS is placed
here by the newsmen who were there
June 6, 1969

"The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is a World War II cemetery and memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, that honours American troops who died in Europe during World War II.

The cemetery is located on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach (one of the landing beaches of the Normandy Invasion) and the English Channel. It covers 172 acres (70 ha), and contains the remains of 9,387 American military dead, most of whom were killed during the invasion of Normandy and ensuing military operations in World War II. Included are graves of Army Air Corps crews shot down over France as early as 1942 and three American women.

Only some of the soldiers who died overseas are buried in the overseas American military cemeteries. When it came time for a permanent burial, the next of kin eligible to make decisions were asked if they wanted their loved ones repatriated for permanent burial in the U.S., or interred at the closest overseas cemetery."

-- Wikipedia

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