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09/27/2013 04:32 pm ET

'Fallen 9000' Project: Thousands Of Stenciled Bodies In The Sand Serve As Poignant D-Day Tribute (PHOTOS)

An ambitious installation that was put together by hundreds of volunteers, the "Fallen 9000" project serves as a reminder of the staggering cost of lost peace.

A tribute to the roughly 9,000 civilians, Allies and German soldiers alike who lost their lives on D-Day, the project involved the painstaking stenciling of 9,000 silhouettes on the Normandy beach at Arromanches where so much blood was once shed.

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Masterminded by U.K. sand artists Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss, the project was completed on Sept. 21 -- the International Day of Peace -- with the help of hundreds of international volunteers.

"This project will bring together people from all nationalities, backgrounds and ages," Moss said in anticipation of the big day, according to a press release. "Together, we will make a piece of art in harmony as a reflection of a peaceful world in which we would like to live."

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"'The Fallen' is a sobering reminder of what happens when peace is not present," Wardley said in the release. "The idea is to create a visual representation of what is otherwise unimaginable -- the thousands of human lives lost during the hours of the tide during the WWII Normandy landings on 6 June, 1944." 

"There will be no distinction between nationalities," he continued. "They will be known only as 'The Fallen'.  It does not propose to be a celebration or condemnation, simply a statement of fact and tribute to life and its premature loss."

All of the sand silhouettes were eventually erased by the incoming tide.

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About 160,000 Allied soldiers landed on the beaches of Normanday on that fateful day in 1944. At least 10,000 of them became casualties, according to CNN.

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