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The National D-Day Memorial exists to celebrate and honor the Valor, Fidelity, and Sacrifice of the Allied Forces on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Physically, morally, and intellectually courageous, those soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coast guardsmen, and merchent seamen kept faith with the Alliance, their homelands, the chain of command, the mission, their units, and their fellows. In so doing, they necessarily set aside comfort, safety, innocence, youth, blood - even life itself. This monument pays tribute to those who died on D-Day but also to those who lived to secure the beachhead and carry freedom inland - and to those who transported the ground forces by air and sea, provided their aerial and naval support, and delivered their combat and combat-support services. D-Day's success owes an incalculable debt to its participants. That you yourself are free and here today is but a portion of their rich and enduring legacy. Treasure it.HEROISM IS SIMPLE, AND YET IT IS RARE. EVERYONE WHO DOES THE BEST HE CAN IS A HERO.
_ JOSH BILLINGSHE THAT TRUSTETH IN HIS OWN HEART IS A FOOL.
_ PROVERBS 28:26
The water that flows beneath this cantilevered bridge circulates between the beach and a granite-laced landing craft, which is a stylized representation of all the vessels that delivered troops to the beaches. The bridge permits close viewing of sculptor Jim Brother's dramatic bronzes, Through the Surf and Death on Shore among them. The two-figure sculpture placed between the landing craft and you is temporarily located in its present position to represent the ground troops' movement "across the beach." When a replacement sculpture bearing the name Across the Beach is completed and installed, this one will be relocated to the raised garden beyond the OVERLORD Arch and given the allegorical name Valor, Fidelity, Sacrifice - the qualities that characterized the performance of the Allied Forces on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and which this particular sculpture so compellingly embodies.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Laurence Binyon, "For the Fallen"
_ RALPH WALDO EMERSON
A COMMONPLACE BOOK IS A COLLECTION OF NOTEWORTHY PASSAGES AND QUOTATIONS COPIED FROM OTHER WRITTEN
SOURCES OR RECORDED FROM MEMORY. ITS PURPOSE IS TO STIMULATE, CHASTEN, INSPIRE, ENCOURAGE, AMUSE,
STRENGTHEN, COMFORT, DELIGHT, AND UPLIFT. SERGEANT GEORGE BOWLER TULLIDGE III, WHO JUMPED INTO
NORMANDY ON 6 JUNE 1944 WITH THE 507TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY, WHICH WAS ATTACHED TO THE 82ND AIRBORNE
DIVISION, HAD SUCH A VOLUME. COMPILED BY HIS MOTHER, IT WAS A POCKET-SIZE NOTEBOOK CONTAINING SHORT
POEMS, LITERARY EXCERPTS, AND BIBLE VERSES. IN AUGUST OF 1944 SHE WROTE, "WE FELT THAT IN THE LONELY,
ANXIOUS, AND TRYING EXPERIENCES HE WAS PASSING THROUGH, A FEW MOMENTS OF READING THESE [PASSAGES]
MIGHT GIVE HIM HOPE AND STRENGTH." HERE [above] ARE SOME OF THEM:
GIVEN BY THE GARLAND AND AGNES TAYLOR GRAY FOUNDATION AND BY
MR. AND MRS. THOMAS H. TULLIDGE SR. AS A TRIBUTE TO THE ALLIED
AIRBORNE TROOPS WHO TOOK PART IN THE D-DAY ASSAULT ON 6 JUNE 1944.
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