US sacrifice of D-Day honoured at new centre

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The sacrifice of thousands of US soldiers who died in the D-Day landings are honoured in a new [$30 million] visitors' centre opening Saturday at the Colleville sur Mer cemetery in northern France.

Situated on a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach, one of the landing points of the June 6, 1944 allied invasion, the centre traces the story of US soldiers who stormed the Normandy beaches to end the Nazi occupation of Europe.

"We simply wanted to tell future generations what happened here," said Daniel Neese, director of the visitors' centre.

The exhibits pay homage to the men and boys who took part in the landings, using a mix of narrative text, photographs, films, interactive displays and artefacts.

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