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Trees of Liberty Ouistredam

The Trees of Liberty are metal sculptures created for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. The tree bears the written testimonies of veterans on its metal leaves. It is one of three trees created by junior high schools and student education centers as part of Operation "The 70 Voices of Freedom".

2,500 young people from Lower Normandy collected 70 testimonials from people who experienced the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy, be they veterans, resistance fighters, residents, Americans, English, French or Germans. The tree was unveiled on May 12, 2014.

Each of these three "trees of freedom" is placed on one of the sites of the Battle of Normandy: Ouistreham, Utah Beach and Montormel.

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  • Text: Jan van den Bos
  • Photos: Jan van den Bos