If you really want to feel proud, go and visit Arromanche on the north west coast of France.
For those that are not aware, Arromanche is where the allied forces built the artificial harbour using the aformentioned mulberry's. It truely is amazing
The museum on the beach front has a fantastic mock-up model of what it was like in the day with fantastic views over the beach and the remaining mulberry's. I highly recomend a visit.
There is also a list of the engineering contractors who worked on building the harbour, many of which are still trading today.
In fact, i would love to take some these mindless teenage idiots that seem to plague our towns these days over to the landing beaches. I'd show them just what sacrifices had to be made so they have the freedom to hang around on streetcorners collecting ASBO's and spraying graffiti everywhere...
If you google my village, you'll see that we have one of the biggest WW2 German cemetary's in France. The remains of 12000+ soldiers are kept there. Its all very discrete but tastefully done.