To celebrate the 60th anniversary of D-Day, the Les Braves Memorial was placed on the shores of Omaha Beach in 2004, near the village of St. Laurent-sur-Mer. It was meant to be a temporary exhibit, but popularity and public demand has kept it in place.
Without even knowing the story/meaning of the sculpture, I was drawn to it merely by the significance of its location — Omaha Beach. The three elements of Les Braves, from left to right, as explained by the sculptor, Anilore Banon:
Wings of Hope — So that the spirit that carried these men on June 6, 1944 continues to inspire us, reminding us that together it is always possible to change the future.
Rise, Freedom! — So that the example of those who rose against barbarity, helps us remain standing strong against all forms of inhumanity.
Wings of Fraternity — So that this surge of brotherhood always reminds us of our responsibility toward others as well as ourselves. On June 6, 1944 these men were more than soldiers, they were our brothers.
I was humbled.
Thought for the Day: Motivation is the art of getting someone to do something you want them to do because they want to do it.
Dwite D. Eisenhower