The International Peace Day is celebrate every September 21 every year all over the world. It was declared the strengthen by “the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.”
According to its official website, the International Peace Day was established in 1981 for countries to commemorate and celebrate peace as well as build a community based on those principals.
In September 2013, two artists named Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss sketched around 9,000 silhouettes on the sands of Arromanches beach located in Normandy.
Daily Mail cited that they did it to commemorate International Peace Day.
The artists named their project “The Fallen” and dedicated it to the civilians, German soldiers, and the Allied forces who lost their lives on the beach during World War II specifically during Operation Neptune on June 6, 1944
They were not alone, however. They had a team who volunteered for the project and create the silhouettes on the sands through a stencil.
After four and a half hours, the silhouettes were left at the mercy of the tides. Wardley explained their reason behind the project:
“The Fallen is a sobering reminder of what happens when peace is not present. The idea is to create a visual representation of what is otherwise unimaginable, the thousands of human lives lost during the hours of the tide during the Second World War Normandy landings.”
“People understand that so many lives were lost that day but it’s incredibly difficult to picture that number. You could see the horrific casualty of war when you stood on the cliff looking down at the beach.”
“Watching the tide come in and wash the bodies away was symbolic of all the lives lost in all wars, not just during the Normandy Landings.”
Veterans of the World War II, together with their families, also participated in the project. Wardley continued:
“We turned up to the beach with a team of 60 people but by the end we had over 500 people taking part. There were people from all over the world who had heard about the event and travelled all the way to France to take part.”
According to them, they finished drawing the silhouettes at around 7:30 p.m. By 10:00 p.m., the last of the silhouettes was washed away by the tide.
Wardley mentioned that it was “an incredibly moving sight.”
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