The World War II Photo of the Week
for 4 December 2000
|Honoring the D-Day Dead
The photo captures memorial ceremonies at American Cemetery No. 1 on the outskirts of St.-Mere Eglise on 13 June 1946 just after the second anniversary of the invasion of France at Normandy, and the liberation of the town from German control by U. S. and Allied forces. The American and French flags are slowly raised to half-mast at the moment the photo was taken. The French drum corps is visible at the left, and, to the right, dozens of highly decorated officers and enlisted members of the U. S. Army Airborne are shown in formation rendering the hand salute. In the foreground are dozens of crosses with small American flags planted beside them. The photographer has taken the photograph over the heads of a number of children in the near foreground. Credit goes to LIFE Magazine photographer Ralph Morse. From the Webmaster's collection.