9,000 Fallen Soldiers Etched Into The Sand On Normandy Beach Is Eye Opening

In the French tourist town of Arromanches, a project by two artists, Jamie Wardley an Andy Moss took place and was dedicated to the lost souls of the D-Day landings. It’s titled, The Fallen and served to mark Peace Day every September 21st.

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The two artists, along with hundreds of volunteers used stencils and rakes to imprint 9,000 figures into the sand. They represent the mass amount of life lost during the D-Day landings. It took a period of five hours to complete before the shores washed it away.

Here are the images captured in the commemoration. These simple drawings represent 9,000 lost lives…Imagine what 9,000 people look like.

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The Normandy landings (codenamed Operation Neptune) were the landing operations on June 6, 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II.

The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the invasion of German-occupied western Europe, led to the liberation of France from Nazi control, and contributed to an Allied victory in the war.

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Allied casualties were at least 10,000, with 4,414 confirmed dead. Museums, memorials, and war cemeteries in the area host many visitors each year (source)

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Check out this moving video tribute to The Fallen

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