Every June 6th, French Citizens Honor Fallen American Soldiers By Rubbing Omaha Beach Sand On Their Gravestones

June 5, 2024

On June 6th, Americans across the country commemorate the anniversary of D-Day.

In Normandy, France, a solemn tradition pays tribute to the sacrifice made by those who stormed Omaha Beach to free the country from Nazi occupation.

French honor American soldiers on D-Day graves sand

French citizens at the Normandy American Cemetery will take sand from the nearby Omaha Beach and rub it onto the headstone. This helps highlight the name, titles and other information on the memorial. It also gives it a nice golden shine.

They do this every year.

The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France has 9,387 gravesites.

The cemetery is located on a 172.5-acre cliff overlooking Omaha Beach and was dedicated on July 18, 1956.

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