Cadets Participate in Wreath Laying Ceremony in Normandy

Apr 01, 2019

West Point cadets recently participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery. While there, cadets reflected on the sacrifices of the 9,380 service members buried on the bluffs above Omaha Beach. Reflecting on his time at the cemetery, CDT Kevin Moore '21 said, "The most impactful moment of the trip for me was our visit to Normandy American Cemetery on Omaha Beach. In my lifetime, I have never seen, nor do I believe I will ever see again, such a pristine and hallowed ground. Looking out over the impeccably straight rows of crosses, my breath was taken away. Following the wreath-laying ceremony, I decided to walk among the headstones and read many of their inscriptions. I tried to say each man's name and think about their home state, imagining the lives they led before the war. While this may not seem significant, it resonated with me. Each stone cross lying in that field represents a life, full of relationships and memories sealed long ago. Yet, each one also serves as a reminder of the sacrifice of these relationships and memories for the United States and the world."


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