In order to commemorate the Allied invasion of Normandy, English artists Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss created a touching memorial in the sand. When Allied troops landed on those shores on June 6th, 1944, it marked the beginning of the end for the Axis powers in Europe. It was a critical turning point of WWII, but one that also represented the loss of staggering amounts of lives. In fact, the destruction and loss of lives at Normandy was so massive that the date is more infamously known as D-Day.
To remember all those who fell, Wardley and Moss (along with help from volunteers) etched outlines of soldiers into the sand.
The tribute was created with the help of 60 volunteers and over 500 local residents.
One by one, they etched countless bodies in the sand.
They worked tirelessly, despite knowing that the next tide would wash away their work.
The piece was titled “The Fallen 9000”.
It serves as a poignant reminder of all the allied, axis, and civilian lives that were lost in the destruction of the D-Day beach landings.
Even if you don’t know anyone who fought in WWII, it’s still a powerful thing to honor those who fought and died. Their memories deserve to be honored, especially for the sake of any remaining family members they might have.