The reflecting pool in front of the Walls of the Missing at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial on May 28 (Memorial Day), 2018 in Colleville-sur-Mer, France. The more than 1,500 names inscribed on the walls are for the 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers and other servicemembers that lost their lives during World War II and D-Day, and have not yet been recovered or identified. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Wallace)

 

The Garden of the Missing

The Garden of the Missing is a solemn and reflective space within the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial dedicated to honoring the memory of those whose remains were never recovered. It serves as a poignant reminder of the profound sacrifices made by the soldiers who fought and died during the liberation of Normandy in World War II. The garden features a central sculpture depicting a figure reaching upward, symbolizing hope and the eternal search for those who are missing in action. Surrounding the sculpture are tablets inscribed with the names of over 1,500 soldiers whose remains were never found or identified. Set amidst meticulously maintained lawns and flowerbeds, the Garden of the Missing provides a place of quiet contemplation and remembrance for visitors, allowing them to pay tribute to the fallen and reflect on the enduring legacy of their sacrifice.

 

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