Excellent history lesson!
A large percentage of our country doesn't know of or cares about Normandy.
My guess is it has been removed from the text in History Books
A few weekends ago, British artist Jamie, accompanied by numerous volunteers, took to the beaches of Normandy with rakes and stencils in hand to etch 9,000 silhouettes representing fallen people into the sand.
Titled The Fallen 9000, the piece is meant as a stark visual reminder of those who died during the D-Day beach landings at Arromanches on June 6th, 1944 during WWII.
The original team consisted of 60 volunteers, but as word spread nearly 500 additional local residents arrived to help with the temporary installation that lasted only a few hours before being washed away by the tide.
9,000 Fallen Soldiers Etched into the Sand on Normandy Beach to Commemorate
Peace Day on September 25, 2013
What is surprising to me is that I read or saw nothing about this here in the US.
An overseas friend sent it to me with a note of gratitude for what the US started there.