Friday, August 27, 2010

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer ...

... Omaha Beach, landmark of the landings of 6th June 1944 ...
... the 6 km long beach had been divided into three large sectors,
code-named from west to east :'Dog' facing Vierville,
'Easy' facing Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, and 'Fox' facing Colleville ...
... Omaha Beach memorial commissioned by the French
government to celebrate the 60th anniversary in 2004 ....
... consisting of three elements: 'the Wings of Hope',
'Rise, Freedom!', and 'the Wings of Fraternity' ...
... the Wings of Hope ...
So that the spirit which carried these men on june 6th,1944 continues to
 inspire us, reminding us together it is always possible to change the future.
... Rise, Freedom! ...
So that the example of those who rose against barbary,
helps us remain standing strong against all forms of inhumanity.
 ... the Wings of Fraternity ...
So that this surge of brotherhood always reminds us of
 our responsability towards others as well as ourselves.
On June 6th, 1944, these men were more 

than soldiers, they were our brothers
by Anilore Banon

sculpture 'Les Braves / To those brave men' (2004)
Anilore Banon   (french)
official site of the sculptor (french)
... I created this sculpture to honour the courage of these men:
sons, husbands and fathers, who endangered and often
sacrificed their lives in the hope of freeing the french people ...