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.
Normandy beach landing scene in Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan cost $12Million alone, employed use of over 1,500 extras and has been rated ‘the best battle scene of all time’ by Empire magazine. source
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.
Lt. Sidney J. Montz lands that morning on Utah Beach with Company D, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. He later writes in his diary of the day’s atmosphere and experience going ashore that morning on Utah Beach.
His diary is now part of the collection at The National WWII Museum.