“The Guardians of Memory” temporary exhibit | Utah Beach D-Day Museum
program: temporary exhibition on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of D-Day
financing: David Dewhurst Foundation
exhibit design: Nicolas Kelemen Architecture
texts : Guy-Pierre Chomette | Christophe Knox
photography : Valerio Vincenzo
graphic design: Nicolas Pruvost
fabrication: Ets Collin | Média Visuel
delivery: May 2014
For more than five decades, the Utah Beach D-Day Museum has paid tribute to all those who contributed to the success of the Allied invasion that began in the early hours of June 6, 1944 on this remote Normandy beach, codenamed “Utah.”
But beyond the Museum’s walls, there is another story to tell: that of an entire village. Indeed, for the last seventy years, the townspeople of Saint-Marie-du-Mont have committed themselves to honoring the courage and sacrifice of the Allied troops. In their own way, these ordinary French men and women have made sure that the events of D-Day would – and could – never be forgotten.
Organized around the 70th anniversary of Operation Overlord, this exhibit salutes those who have dedicated themselves to remembering. Some are anonymous. Some are elected officials. Some are Second World War experts. And some are forever connected to the events of the Summer of 1944 by their family’s destiny. Thanks to their moving accounts, we are able to grasp the significance of their commemorations and the vital importance of entrusting future generations with the knowledge and memory of the Allied soldiers’ sacrifice on the sands of Utah Beach.