Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in Calvados, Normandie, France
Les Braves - To Those Brave Men
Left side of marker:
They climbed aboard with anxious heart,
The madly sea-tossed landing-craft,
The Sea-fog on that sad morn,
All but shrouded the pale dawn,
As it heav’n itself dared not see
the hounds of hell that day set free.
They disembarked under hail of shot,
Spewing up all-one knew not what -
Facing those cliffs, with gunfire ablaze,
Waves bore broken bodies along
The length of that encrimsoned strand,
Where Death was given so free a hand.
They were no heroes
Though all were heroic
In that eventful day,
When mankind put all at stake.
It’s an understatement to say
That our liberty was dearly bought
At the time of that first onslaught.
The foam is red.
All is now still, save for the breeze
That carries back, across the seas
The souls of America’s sons,
Whilst the sun, now and then, warms
Those twenty-year olds who sleep today
Facing the sea in Normandy.
Right side of the marker:
Vaisseau de fer
Si noble si fier
Dan la Lumière
De Saint Laurent sur Mer
Aux héros d'un autre âge
Vaisseau de fer
Defiant les temps
Dans nos mémoires
Aux ailes, de la Fraternité
et de l'Espoir déployées,
Portées de le Souffle de l'Histoire
Debout la Liberté!
An iron ship, so noble, so free,
without the shadow of a cloud
over Saint Laurent-on-Sea.
A sculpture sublime
on the sea-shore
to past heroes:
a homage in our time.
A ship of iron,
time-defying in our thoughts
on each side, Hope and Fraternity,
and, central, Liberty dearly bought.
In the whole, a breath of history
murmurs. “Hold fast our Liberty”.
Location. 49° 22.256′ N, 0° 52.773′ W. Marker is in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Normandie, in Calvados. Marker is at the intersection of Avenue de la Libération and Rue Bernard Anquetil on Avenue de la Libération. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Normandie 14710, France.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Les Braves - To Those Brave Men (here, next to this marker); Omaha Beach (within shouting distance of this marker); Omaha Beach, haut lieu du Débarquement du 6 juin 1944 (within shouting Operation Aquatint (within shouting distance of this marker);
Categories. • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 3, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 248 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 3, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.