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Battle of Normandy monument restored after sixty years

June 1, 2014
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Battle of Normandy monument restored after sixty years

Hall of Fame Plaques and Signs by Trigard in Danville, Illinois, joined forces with Regimental Sign Company in Washington D.C. to recreate an emblem for the Battle of Normandy monument on Omaha beach in Normandy.


The bronze emblem created was to honor the 348th Engineering Combat Battalion who fought to take control of the beach to end the war in 1944. In 1950, the monument was erected on top of a German bunker to memorialize the soldiers who had fought for our freedom, and it can still be seen there today. However, the bronze emblem on the monument has been stolen twice and has been missing for at least 15 to 20 years.


“I know we are going to please a lot of veterans, and that is what this business is all about,” said Ethan Darby, Hall of Fame Plaques and Signs, Director of Business Development


In an effort to restore the monument to its original condition by June 5, 2014, Regimental Sign Company found and coordinated thirty volunteers, soldiers of the Army Corps of Engineers and airmen from the U.S. Air Force to spend 48 hours performing natural stone restoration on the monument, including replacing the bronze emblem, painting hand rails, refinishing the monument and much more. On June 5, a rededication ceremony will be held to bring back the honor the monument stands for and the soldiers who lost their life.


“I approached Hall of Fame Plaques and Signs about helping with this project and they were 100 percent on board with volunteering their services. We wanted to help restore an important war memorial that honors World War II veterans who did not have the funds to make it happen on their own,” said Joe Winslow, Regimental Sign Company, Owner.

Darby explained, “The bronze for the emblem was donated by Marble Machine, Inc. To create a uniquely detailed image, we used our direct-to-metal technology to bring out all of the details of the eagle on the emblem. After hand-finishing the emblem, we sealed it with a special clear coat that will withstand the sand, wind and salt of the beaches of Normandy.”




About Hall of Fame Plaques by Trigard – Hall of Fame Plaques and Signs by Trigard is a family-owned and operated business based in Danville, Illinois, that has catered to the varying needs of the plaque and sign industry since 2003. Our clientele includes Walt Disney World, NASCAR Hall of Fame, McDonalds, The PGA, Chicagoland Speedway, the Ronald Reagan Ranch and numerous state and local businesses. Contact them at 800.798.4900 or visit them online at


About Regimental Sign Company – Regimental Sign Company helps private businesses, federal entities, and individuals field their concept or identity for museum displays, corporate settings, trade shows, and special events. Contact them at 202.239.5515 or visit them online at