National D-Day Memorial 3 Overlord Circle Bedford Virginia 24523
Dedicated June 6, 2001
Inventory Staff, 2002, 2010.
America's Battlefields & Memorials (a supplement to newsweeklies published by Army Times Publishing Co, Springfield, VA), June 24, 2002, pg. 32.
The memorial, which covers a large area representing the beach at Normandy, is dotted with sculptures of soldiers in combat by Jim Brothers. At the front of the memorial is an arch marked "OVERLORD," the code name for the D-Day attack. Beneath the arch is a sculpture of a soldier pulling a wounded fellow soldier to safety. Another soldier in a beach landing tableau is seen wading to shore with his rifle raised over his head, while nearby a comrade lies on the beach. "Scaling the Wall" is a sculpture by Jim Brothers illustrating soldiers climbing up the rocky cliffs at Pointe du Hoc, where German soldiers took up positions. On Estes Plaza, Matt Kirby's "Final Tribute" sculpture illustrates a battlefield grave marker composed of a helmet resting atop a rifle pointed into the ground. "The Supreme Commander" by Jim Brothers depicts General Dwight D. Eisenhower standing beneath a battlefield map sketched across the ceiling of a gazebo. Atop a nearby pedestal is a bust of the Deputy Supreme Commander, Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur William Tedder by Jim Brothers. Atop another pedestal is a bust of Omar N. Bradley. Along the Stettinius Parade leading to the Overlord Arch is a cast of Edmond de Laheudrie's "Le Monument aux Morts," the original of which was captured during the liberation of Trevieres. At the the entrance on the northern side is a bust of Joseph Stalin by Richard Pumphrey is accompanied by busts of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charles de Gaulle, and Winston Churchill.
History--United States--World War II
Portrait male--Full length
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums