“I created this sculpture to honour the courage of these men:
Sons, husbands and fathers, who endangered and often sacrificed their lives in the hope of freeing the French people.”
— Anilore Banon – Sculptor
Les Braves II: At Water’s Edge Dedication
Thursday, May 25
Grounds Open at 6pm | Dedication Ceremony at 6:30pm
On Thursday, May 25, we welcome the community to join us on the backlawn of The War Memorial for a celebration and the unveiling of Les Braves II: At Water’s Edge — the official twin of the original Les Braves sculpture in Normandy, France sculpted as a lasting tribute to the western Allies that landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944 during World War II.
This event is free and open to the public and will feature words from the sculpture artist, Anilore Banon, remarks from dignitaries, the splendor and fanfare of The U.S. Army Pershing’s Own Herald Trumpets, and a blow out concert by the Dave Bennett Band to round out the celebration.
May 25, 2023
6pm: Grounds open
6:30pm: Dedication Ceremony begins
Free and open to the public
Pre-registration is requested.
A full bar, including water, a variety of sodas, beer, wine, and liquor, will be available throughout the evening.
You’re welcome to bring your own picnic, but by Michigan law, no outside alcoholic beverages may be brought onto campus.
About Les Braves II: At Water’s Edge
Les Braves II: At Water’s Edge is expected to be officially and formally dedicated on the grounds of The War Memorial Association, home of the Fred M. Alger Center at The War Memorial, on May 25, 2023. The 50-foot-wide and 25-foot-tall sculpture is the official twin of the original Les Braves in Normandy, France — located in the Vierville-sur-Mer on Omaha Beach at the junction of dog red and easy green sectors. Originally created for the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion and sculpted by French artist Anilore Banon, the three stainless steel wings and towers stand proudly as a lasting tribute to the western Allies that landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944 during World War II.
Les Braves II consists of three thematic elements:
The Wings of Hope
So that the spirit which carried these men on June 6, 1944 continues to inspire us, reminding us that together it is always possible to change the future.
So that the example of those who rose against barbarity, helps us remain standing strong against all forms of inhumanity.
The Wings of Fraternity
So that this surge of brotherhood always reminds us of our responsibility towards others as well as ourselves.
To learn more and view additional images and renderings of Les Braves II: At Water’s Edge visit: https://www.warmemorial.org/lesbraves.
Register here to attend: Les Braves II: At Water’s Edge