transformationalcemeterydesign

Traditional and Rich

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2009 at 4:19 am

There are cemeteries whose formal straight rows and plantings work perfectly. A number of them are military cemeteries. And one of the most beautiful and powerful is the Normandy American Cemetery above Omaha Beach in France.

Normandy American Cemetery above Omaha Beach

Normandy American Cemetery above Omaha Beach

It’s a lawn cemetery with lush plantings. Its rows of marble headstones are crosses and Stars of David. It’s laid out in the form of a latin cross. It’s militarily precise. And it works.
It’s a very moving space. Situated right above the the sight of the fierce and bloody battle of Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, it is now a supremely peaceful place. And a melancholic one. Silence and hushed,  your honor and respect come naturally and wholeheartedly.

THe Normandy American Cemetery

The Normandy American Cemetery

The site is almost overwhelming – you know the titanic effort that the allies hurtled against the Germany army. And you feel the sacrifice all around you. All the dead here died within 9 months.

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

And the place manages to hold all this emotion and understanding – and to let you leave with a deeper feeling. In short, it is a Transformational experience.

 

http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries/cemeteries/no.php

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