Two years ago, on D-Day, I posted a photo taken at Omaha Beach two weeks after a ceremony celebrating the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings. President Obama had attended, along with other national leaders. My photo showed a small section of this sculpture in the background. Today, I post another photo to mark the 70th anniversary of the day when so many brave men lost their lives, also taken in 2009, showing the commemorative sculpture 'Les Braves' by Anilore Banon. It was commissioned by the French Government to mark the 60th anniversary in 2004; it was not intended to be permanent, but in response to a public petition the stainless steel sculpture was left standing.
The winged shapes represent the wings of hope, and of fraternity, and two vertical columns between the wings represent the rise of freedom.
This photo, from an alternative viewpoint, by John Cherrington, shows more clearly the position of the wings and columns as described above.
I wonder how many veterans of D-Day will still be with us when the 75th commemoration takes place. Today, the very youngest of them must be 88 or 89 years old. My father, who died two years ago at the age of 93, was in Burma on the original D-Day, but early in the war he had been returned to England from Dunkirk on one of the last few tiny vessels to arrive home safely. I suppose there would have been a poetic symmetry if he had also been at Sword Beach on D-Day 1944.
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Giustiniani (3304) 2014-06-06 6:09
un très joli site superbement photographié. Une excellente composition sous une très belle lumière. Une photo très réussie.
snunney (81885) 2014-06-06 6:09
You were lucky with the light on this day; it does contributes much to the dramatic nature of the shot. The point of view is excellent with the flags standing proudly in the background. The people on the beach offer s sense of scale. Clarity is excellent. Both sculpture and photograph are a fine homage to the brave men who landed on the beaches of Normandy seventy years ago today in the face of extreme odds.
fanni (14377) 2014-06-06 6:17
a very good Note, and a very expressive photo which is radiant with a special light and expressing a special (sad, though) mood - thanks to the shining silvery "wings" against the dark cloudy sky. Excellent POV.
dta (65010) 2014-06-06 6:20
Hello Andrew ,
Une image bien choisie pour ce jour , d'un monument que je ne connaissais pas . Remarquable capture , sous un éclairage superbe , avec un magnifique ciel nuageux en toile de fond .
daddo (23607) 2014-06-06 7:28
Hi Andrew. I find it difficult to see wings as the four shapes on the left look to me more like executioners' swords. Definitely a sculpture that cannot be ignored, especially in the way it catches the light.My father was in the Balkan mountains fighting the invaders in Tito's army that was poorly equipped but resolute, believing in a better tomorrow- a world away from D-Day events. Regards. Klaudio.
Royaldevon (28455) 2014-06-06 7:43
The perfect day to post this photograph.
Our radio and television stations are dedicating a great deal of time and interest in excellent programmes about D Day and the Anniversary. The recollections of some of the veterans are truly moving!
Your photograph, very simple, yet very stark, seems to symbolise that some fell, some almost fell and some remained upright defending our freedom. Those standing, though very modest, are able to recount their experiences and make us grateful for their efforts, though we should be resolute never to let this happen again.
Have a great day,
besnard (52887) 2014-06-06 7:51
Une très belle image pour commémorer l'événement. Le ciel chargé fait ressortir la brillance de la sculpture.
Amitiés et bonne fin de journée.
gildasjan (41412) 2014-06-06 10:26
Une photo d'actualité bien choisie pour ce jour D-Day.Bonne lumière latérale qui crée le bon contraste entre la statue et ce ciel presque menaçant.Je pense qu'aujourd'hui il n'aurait pas été possible de réaliser cette image.Il fait très beau en France ce 6 Juin.
SnapRJW (30687) 2014-06-06 13:18
Hello Andrew - The enormity of the D Day landings was something I was not really concious of until this week and the celebration of the 70th anniversary. I have been humbled by the extraordinary bravery and fortitude shown by those who gave all that they had in order that we may live in peace and freedom. I appreciate you posting this, it is a beautiful shot with the especially fine lighting on the sculpture giving a sense of form and shape. There is a poignancy in the three flags which flutter in the breeze.
A salutary note and an appreciated image. Thank you.
tenretin (2408) 2014-06-06 14:24
You have made a very balanced shot and perspective chosen is perfect. The light and the colors are natural.The scenery is magnificent and you were able to take advantage. The clouds seem more lifelike.
emka (76483) 2014-06-06 16:04
Hello Andrew, We heard a lot last days about the freedom. First, two day ago it was 25 years of our first (fast) free elections in Poland and Solidarity gtimes. It was acknowledged by Obama and others that it was the beginning of these unbelievable changes in Europe. And today we saw in TV the celebrations of the D-DAy . I saw an interview with the two man who were the veterans of this fight. How brave were these often very young people who gave their lives. There were also Polish soldiers there.
I am first generation that have been living maybe not in the best system but at least without horror of war. My father survived three wars, spent six years in officers camp, my mother took part in Warsaw uprising, a heroic and tragic 63-day struggle to liberate World War 2 Warsaw from Nazi/German occupation.
Excellent photo for this celebrations. Daddo is right, for me also these for "wings" look rather like swords. But it is not important, the message is important.
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CLODO (29914) 2014-06-08 5:56
A good picture well lighted by the lateral sun which enhances the shapes of the monument and their aspect against the cloudy sky.
A good remembrance for those who give their lives.
batalay (35197) 2014-06-08 6:53
The photo is superb, although the shapes of these sails are more like scimitars. Your note is excellent, as usual. My father, who had been a courier from the Turkish Government to Turkish Embassies in London, Paris, Berlin, Moscow... during WWII, died at 93, eleven years ago. An appropriate piece of symbolism for D-Day, 70 years ago. I want to share with you an extraordinary link that a friend sent me from Hawaii, "D-Day Landing Sites Then and Now: Normandy Beaches in 1944 and 70 Years Later".
tatadalou (6069) 2014-06-19 11:38
Nice view of this sculptural tribute to the heroes that fought for our freedom. beautiful light management under difficult conditions, you managed to avoid overexposure on stain.
adramad (36959) 2014-11-02 14:57
A wonderful composition, from a place so renowned for the heroic actions of the 2nd War, wonderful and very original this commemorative sculpture and achieved great perspective on the image, with a slightly threatening sky.
A wonderful color that gives great richness to the image.
Very good management of lighting and very good sharpness.
Well done. I love it.
Wish you a very nice week.
- Copyright: Andrew McRae (macondo) (18595)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-06-20
- Categories: Ceremony, Artwork, Event
- Camera: Pentax K200D, Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DiII, Cokin 62mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/16, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-06 5:53