Gov't shutdown arrives at Normandy

Gov’t Shutdown Arrives At The Beaches Of Normandy

The beaches in Normandy, France are being affected by the government shutdown here in the US.

Normandy is the place in which thousands of allied forces landed in one of the most decisive battles during World War II and the cemetery on its grounds is funded by the government.

Tourists taking a trip to the Omaha Beach Normandy American Cemetery in which 9,387 service members who gave their lives for their country are buried, will find it closed.

The cemetery is one of 24 US military sites that has been closed since Monday, after the government’s partial shutdown.

On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed on the fortified 55-mile expanse in France to fight Nazi Germany in what would end up being a decisive battle in resolving the conflict and toppling Adolf Hitler and his henchmen.

Millions of visitors come to pay respects to family members and to recount the great battle that ensued, but with the government shutdown in place it will be not possible.

General Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.”

D-Day in Normandy, France