One year ago today, June 6th, 2014, an 11 year old boy identified only as Richie, held a powerful vigil on Omaha Beach in honor of the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion. Last year during the 70th anniversary of D-Day, an 11 year old boy visited Normandy, France and spent four days teaching visitors and tourists about three paratroopers who had been buried in the American Cemetery. During the official ceremony local police didn’t allow him to enter the cemetery in his WWII style uniform. So instead, the boy took his American flag down to Omaha Beach and put it in the sand while staring out into the ocean, saluting. About 5 minutes in on the video something amazing happens, check it out below.
From the Project Vigil blog:
My name is Richie. I am 12 years old. In 2013 my father and I started Project Vigil, a personal remembrance project dedicated to the memory of American soldiers killed in the D-Day invasion of World War II.
In 2014, during the week of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, my father and I spent four days in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, where I taught people about three paratroopers who are buried there. When we got home from our trip my father posted a video about me saluting on Omaha beach. So many people were touched by the video that I have decided to create this blog and to broaden our project to include stories and memories of American soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in any war.
Words cannot describe or do justice to the visual power of this boy’s vigil. His dedication to honoring those who fought, died and triumphed on the beaches in 1944 will likely become an icon of our D-Day remembrances for years to come.
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