WAR MEMORIAL HONORS D-DAY WITH TWIN OF NORMANDY MONUMENT
Its 15 pieces carefully packed into three shipping containers, “Les Braves II: At Water’s Edge” traveled a little more than a week by shipping vessel from France to New York, took a train to Livonia and arrived by truck at The War Memorial last week.
The 11 5-ton, three-part sculpture, standing 25 feet at its tallest point, is the official twin of the original “Les Braves,” which rests on Omaha Beach in Normandy, as a lasting tribute to the western Allies that landed there June 6, 1944. t was sculpted for the 60th anniversary of D-Day by French artist Anilore Banon, who last year agreed to construct the second installation after striking up a friendship with former War Memorial CEO Charles Burke.
Now three months out from the 79th anniversary of D-Day, an air of excitement drifted over The War Memorial campus throughout the first morning of March as a small crew from Lee Industrial Contracting began unboxing the deconstructed “Les Braves II,” using a crane to slowly maneuver each piece of stainless steel inch by inch onto bolted four-foot-deep foundations designed by the artist.
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