A large percentage of our country doesn't know of or care about Normandy . My guess is it has been removed from the text in History Books.
A few weekends ago, British artist Jamie, accompanied by numerous volunteers, took to the beaches of Normandy with rakes and stencils in hand to etch 9,000 silhouettes representing fallen people into the sand. Titled The Fallen 9000, the piece is meant as a stark visual reminder of those who died during the D-Day beach landings at Arromanches on June 6th, 1944 during WWII. The original team consisted of 60 volunteers, but as word spread nearly 500 additional local residents arrived to help with the temporary installation that lasted only a few hours before being washed away by the tide.
9,000 Fallen Soldiers Etched into the Sand on Normandy Beach to Commemorate Peace Day.
What is surprising is that I saw nothing about this here in the US .
An overseas friend sent it with a note of gratitude for what the US started there.
Sep 26, 2016
I walked this very beach at Normandy on my trip June of 2011.
Arromanches is a small French town that was liberated in the British landingzone on that
day long ago that set in motion the final effort to liberate Europe on June 6th, 1944.
Kent, Jerry Jr. Hudson, Mac and myself drove there from Paris and walked near those concrete
pontoons used to create the pier to move supplies into the heart of the country. Jerry Quinn
Some of the piers still remain in place but others were washed on the beach later. The American solders
are French and Belgian citizens reenacting the day of liberation 71 years later. Hundreds of vehicles
and thousands of citizens do this very year so we don't forget the sacrifices the lives of American,
Canadian and British men gave for stopping that terrible war. Imagine the world today if we didn't?