Throughout the tourist season, a mannequin of John Steele hangs from the church tower in Ste Mere Eglise, as seen in the movie. However...in reality, he actually hung up on the opposite side! For cinematic reasons the movie director had him hang on the side overlooking the square...and there he's been ever since!
How can an American not know the name John Steele? His name evokes images of an every-man's soldier. John Steele from Metropolis. Sounds like a hero straight out of a 1940s comic book.
Speaking of St. Mere Eglise, I love that they did the chapel's stained glass accordingly: