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Another D-Day Remembrance

A few days ago we received a moving email along with photos from a chum who had obviously received it from another chum.  Before the day is over we decided that though we never do more than one post a day, the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the sacrifice and bravery shown at the beaches of Normandy on D-Day , called for us to share this with you.  We can never repay the debt we have to all those  from the U.S., Canada and Britain, who gave their lives so that we could live with the freedoms we all enjoy today.  This small remembrance is our “thank you” to them on this 70th anniversary.

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An Excellent History Lesson

A large percentage of our country doesn’t know of or care about Normandy. 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.
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*What is surprising to me is that I read or saw nothing about this here in the US. An overseas friend sent it to me with a note of gratitude for what the US started there.*

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  1. Shelley #

    Oh wow, that is awesome! Thanks for sharing. May I repost this in Texas Sculpture Association newsletter?

    June 6, 2014
    • Two Chums #

      Absolutely Shelley. The more people who see it the better! XO

      June 7, 2014
  2. Linda #

    This really is incredible. Thank you for sharing two chums!

    June 6, 2014
  3. pattie olson #

    Really really touching. Thank you for sending this on to us. So good to be reminded of the lives sacrificed to provide our freedom.

    June 6, 2014
  4. Thank you for sharing this. It brought me to tears.

    June 7, 2014
  5. Pam Lynch #

    Unbelievable in such a good way!

    June 7, 2014
  6. Janna #

    Mitch and I watched the Anniversary Special of D-Day last night. As one of our dear old soldiers said “when people talk about combat there is really little comprehension” loosely quoted, he was speaking of his personal account of D-day, Thank you for sharing this post.

    June 7, 2014

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