The National D-Day Memorial
Original Author: Wikipedia user RebelAt
Created: August 12, 2006
Medium: Photograph
Publisher: Wikimedia Commons

The National D-Day Memorial

The National D-Day Memorial is dominated by a granite arch on which is etched the operation's military name, Overlord. The arch's height—forty-four feet, six inches—is intended to recall the date of the invasion, June 6, 1944. A curved reflecting pool calls to mind the English Channel. One statue depicts a soldier wading ashore, his rifle lifted over his head, while another shows a soldier dead on the beach. Amid other soldiers—some helping wounded comrades, some rappelling a cliffside—are landing craft and tank tops. Bob Slaughter, one of the memorial's organizers, has been clear about the aesthetic intentions of the work: "We wanted realism."

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