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Or close the wall up with our dead.
In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
as modest stillness and humility.
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
then imitate the action of the tiger;
stiffen the sinews and summon up the blood.

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9,000 Fallen Soldiers Etched into the Sand on Normandy Beach to Commemorate Peace Day

This past weekend British artists Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss 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 the civillians, Germans and allied forces 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. 

10 facts that you never knew
  1. Queen Cleopatra lived closer in time to the Moon landings than to the building of the Great Pyramid.
  2. 1 in 6 Google searches have never been searched for before.
  3. Pope Francis I used to work as a bouncer in a Buenos Aires nightclub.
  4. Yoda’s first name is Minch.
  5. Shoes with five eyelets on each side can be laced up 51,840 different ways.
  6. If everyone washed their hands properly with soap, it would save 600,000 lives a year.
  7. 4% of the sand on Normandy beaches is made up of tiny metal particles from the D-Day landings.
  8. Over your life, you take 850 million breaths.
  9. Polar bears cannot be seen by using night-vision equipment.
  10. There are more than 915,000,000 ways to combine six standard Lego bricks.