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Normandy American Cemetery Visitor Center Slideshow Overview

This slideshow gives an overview of the permanent exhibition in the Normandy American Cemetery Visitor Center.

The Normandy American Cemetery Visitor Center, dedicated in 2007, contains a permanent exhibition detailing the events of D-Day and the Normandy Campaign, and the courage, competence, and sacrifice of the individuals who participated in it.

Visitor services are located on the entry floor in addition to a reflecting pool and the American Battle Monuments Commission Honor Roll. 

The disappearing edge of the Reflecting Pool blends with the English Channel. At the base of the reflecting pool, there is a map showing the landing locations of the Allies on D-Day. 

The American Battle Monuments Commission Honor Roll gives visitors access to ABMC's Burial Database to search for the burial or memorial location of any individual commemorated in an ABMC cemetery. 

The lower level, where the majority of the exhibition is located, is accessible by elevator as well as by stairs. 

The exhibit begins with the flags of the nations that participated in the Normandy Landings. Letters, one of several films in the permanent exhibition, screens in the theater to the right, while the exhibit continues to the left.

Letters is an eighteen-minute film that plays continuously in the Visitor Center. It details the personal narratives of five individuals who lost their lives in the Normandy Campaign and are interred at the cemetery. Told through their own words from letters written home to their loved ones, and incorporating interviews with their family members, Letters provides a rich personal history of D-Day and the Normandy Campaign.

Across the Hall of Flags, the exhibit begins with the short film On Their Shoulders, which focuses on three individuals buried in the cemetery.

The exhibit continues with artifacts, panels and films, detailing World War II in Europe, and American participation through the Normandy Campaign. 

The exhibit aligns the personal stories of those who participated in the campaign with the broader historical context of the American experience of World War II. 

In the center of the exhibit space, another film, Ok, Let's Go, a multi-screen film, narrated by Dan Rather, tells the story of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s decision to launch the D-Day invasion.

On the other side of the screen playing Ok, Let's Go, three touchscreen interactives allow visitors to explore the Normandy Campaign in addition to a visual timeline of World War II. 

At the end of the exhibit space, a three-screen film, Beyond the Beachhead, presents the story of the Allied advance from the invasion beaches through the entire Normandy campaign and on to the liberation of Paris.

Inside the hallway to the left, leading to Sacrifice Gallery, the names of all those commemorated in the Normandy American Cemetery are read out loud in an auditory exhibit.

Along the walls of the Sacrifice Gallery are profiles of those that participated in the Normandy Campaign who perished and are commemorated in the cemetery, coming from a myriad of backgrounds to fight for the liberation of Europe. 

The exit at the end of the Sacrifice Gallery leads to a path out to the cemetery.