As the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Normandy landings, a collection of steel columns on the shore of Omaha Beach is marking an anniversary of its own.

The vertical steel columns, surrounded by curved elements, represent three different principles relating to the Normandy landings of June 6th 1944.

The Wings of Hope mark the inspiration and legacy of the men who fought on the beaches for the freedom of their descendants.

The Wings of Fraternity are a reminder of the brotherhood of the soldiers who fought there in the summer of 1944.

And the Rise of Freedom is an emblem of those who rose against oppression, as well as the strength of human endeavour in the face of a common enemy.

Erected in 2004 to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the landings, the sculpture is the work of French artist Anilore Banon, and is named Les Braves.

Standing resolute on the shore throughout the year, it is a defiant commemoration of the valour of the D-Day soldiers, and takes on further significance in light of the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings.