70 years later: Remembering D-Day through art
Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:00:00 GMT —
June 6, 1944:
It's a day that lives in infamy as D-Day, or the Invasion of Normandy.
On this day, the allied forces of Britain, America and Canada attacked German forces on the coast of Normandy, France.
With a huge force of over 150 thousand soldiers, the allies attacked and gained a victory that became the turning point for World War II in Europe.
Now, right here in mid-Missouri, the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College is honoring the 70th anniversary of D-Day in a unique way.
The newest exhibit is called D-Day Normandy: Operation Overlord.
It features the work of three U.S. Navy combat artists who traveled with the troops, sketching and painting their experiences at war.
"Dwight Shepler stayed on a ship, and he has got a watercolor style that is very delicate yet very powerful," said Kit Freudenberg, assistant director of the National Churchill Museum. "He's able to convey the power of the U.S.S. Arkansas that's laying fire on German long-range batteries, far off the beach."
Then there's Mitchell Jamieson. "He's got a sketch that's just very, very, very refined," said Freudenberg.
Lastly, Alexander Russo. "He has a very gaunt person. He has very gaunt hands and facial features. He's got a very different look than the other two artists," said Freudenberg.
These works of art beautifully capture the proud and terrifying moments that go along with being a soldier at war.
D-Day Normandy: Operation Overlord is open until July 20. The National Churchill Museum is open every day, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit their