British Normandy Memorial, Waymarker Signs

The of D-Day are well recorded in the annals of history, the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in US Naval history, representatives at Tnemec Company explain, “The operation laid the groundwork for the defeat of the Nazis and the Allied Forces’ victory in Europe during World War II.”

The hundreds of thousands of troops who fought and the thousands who died, all on the beaches of Normandy, deserve to be memorialized. The Normandy Memorial Trust funded the creation of the British Normandy Memorial to memorialize the over 21,000 British soldiers who died—compiling research across the UK National Archives and international family records, a comprehensive list of soldiers’ names will serve as adornments on the memorial.

British Normandy Memorial, Waymarker Signs, Tnemec Company

The allied landings in Normandy stretched across 50-miles of beaches that had previously lacked clear . Charles Bergen Studios was commissioned to complete a series of signs of the five beaches: Omaha, Utah, Juno, Gold, and Sword.

The representatives at Company further explain, “The British Normandy Memorial Waymarker signs are designed to direct visitors to the five invasion beaches and memorialize the story of D-Day. Each sign is a work of , incorporating visual storytelling techniques and fabricated in the same bronze as the statues in front of the main memorial.”

British Normandy Memorial, Waymarker Signs, Tnemec Company

The stunning signs utilized compiled photographic records curated by Kaitlyn Crain Enriquez of the Still Picture Reference Team at the National Archives. The images create a historically accurate and visual motif of each beach waterjet cut out of sheets.

To ensure the signs could withstand the harsh environmental deterrents (wind, salt, and water) of the beach, Tnemec company generously donated their high-performance coatings system for the project. Chosen for the project was the team’s bronze-colored finish coat, Series 1078 . Series 1078 is an advanced thermoset solution fluoropolymer that creates an ultra-durable metallic finish.

The team’s premier Fluoronar coating system contains Lumiflon resin , which allows the coating to remain intact for an extended period, eliminating the need to recoat. In addition, the fluoropolymer protects the building from UV radiation and other environmental deterrents that contribute to coating degradation. Fluoronar, with Lumiflon FEVE resin’s hyper-durable nature, provides a long-lasting, high-performance coating system.

Main Image ©Waymarkers-British Normandy Memorial
In-text Images ©Tnemec Company, Inc.

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