Richard D. Winters Leadership monument

Since 2012, in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont (Manche), a monument depicts, with his approval, Lieutenant Richard D. Winters on June 6, 1944, in honor of all the young officers who landed in Normandy on D-Day.
Thanks to the initiative of film director Tim Gray and an appeal for donations to raise the $200,000 needed to create the work, the statue was unveiled for the 68th anniversary of D-Day.
It is the work of sculptor Stephen Spears, who had already distinguished himself in 2008 by creating another monument at Utah Beach, in memory of the troops of the United States Navy.
The monument Winters is erected in the area where, far from his initial objective, his parachute made him touch down on Normandy soil on June 6, 1944, between Utah Beach and the village of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont.A controversy arose between Winters' family and a committee in Ephrata, following the latter's desire to erect a replica of the Spears sculpture in the locality where Winters was born.
Or, Winters, always imbued with great modesty and humility, had only reluctantly agreed to lend his features to the one erected in Normandy, and on the sole condition that it paid collective rather than individual homage. For Winters' daughter, a replica in Ephrata, taken out of the historical Normandy setting, would no longer have the same symbolism and would go against the very wishes and man that Winters was.
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