(Photos, details from onetripatatime.com)
Built on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach this cemetery is the resting place for 9,387 soldiers, 307 of whom are unknown.
Les Braves monument
On the center of Omaha Beach is the ‘ Les Braves‘ monument for the American soldiers who helped to liberate France. the sculptor Anilor Banon said this:
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.
Les Braves consists of three elements:
The wings of Hope
So that the spirit which carried these men on June 6th, 1944 continues to inspire us, reminding us that together it is always possible to changing the future.
So that the example of those who rose against barbarity, 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 responsibility towards others as well as ourselves.
On June 6th,1944 these men were more than soldiers, they were our brothers.