On the 21st September 2013 it is International Peace Day. ‘The Fallen’ is an event which will take place on the D-Day landing beach of Arromanches in northern France that illustrates what happens with the absence of peace. It was on the 6th June 1944 that a total of 9,000 civilians, German forces and Allies lost their lives.
The team behind The Fallen have set themselves and their volunteers the challenge to represent those lives lost between the times of the tide with a stark visual representation using stencilled sand drawings of people on the beach. Each silhouette represents a life and when it is washed away its loss. There is no distinction between nationalities, they will only be known as ‘The Fallen’.
The Fallen is supported by Peace One Day. Peace One Day campaign for global peace and established International Peace day as a day of truce where people on a global and community level try and make peace with each other. As a result since 2007 4.5 million children were immunised against polio as all conflicting parties agreed a day of truce. The Fallen project is a sobering reminder of what happens when peace is not present.
Want to get involved?
On the day the team behind The Fallen need between 200 and 900 volunteers. The Fallen will bring together people from all nationalities, backgrounds and ages. Making a piece of art in harmony as a reflection of a peaceful world in which we would like to live. Each individual will work in a team to make a person using a stencil and by raking the sand. For more information and to take part in this incredible day please check out The Fallen and lend your support.