Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day 2008 - A Sketch & Photos from Normandy

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copyright 2007-2008, Judith Nijholt-Strong
"Omaha Beach View - Normandy, France 2007" sketch
colored pencils, watercolors and pen & ink in Moleskine sketchbook


Last summer, my humans spent a day at the United States World War II Memorial and Cemetery at Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France - a truly impressive memorial/site. While the weather was beautiful that day, "mom" & "dad" said they couldn't help but imagine how insane & sad it must have been during the D-Day landing on June 6th, 1944 - an event that eventually helped to liberate the Netherlands and western Europe. Since today is Memorial Day in the U.S. and my human "mom" is an American, "we're" honoring the day in our hearts and hoping someday for peace in the world.

Here are some photos from last year, taken at Omaha Beach.
(Click on each image to enlarge)
Omaha Beach landing site and path down to the landing beach & up to the gravesites.


all images copyright 2007-2008, Auke Nijholt

Images on top & bottom are sculpture monuments within the cemetery. Center image is view towards the grave sites.



all images copyright 2007-2008, Auke Nijholt

Top: The chapel within the cemetery.
Bottom: Inside the chapel - altar displaying flags from the D-Day allied nations.
(images may appear side by side in your feed reader)

all images copyright 2007-2008, Auke Nijholt

Top: Headstones (too vast to caputre in one image).
Bottom: Central Memorial Pavillion.

all images copyright 2007-2008, Auke Nijholt

Last year on Memorial Day, we wrote about the American WWII Memorial and Cemetery in Maastricht, Netherlands. You can see that post here: In Memory of ~ Ter Nagedachtenis aan


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