The US Naval Combat Demolition Units Scouts & Raiders Monument Park
Omaha Beach, Normandy, France
The genesis and purpose of this striking Monument is summarized by two words: courage and sacrifice.
One of the most compelling chapters in the history of Navy SEALs was written in blood on the beaches of Normandy by the men of the Naval Combat Demolition Units (NCDU) and Scouts & Raiders (S&R) on June 6, 1944. This Monument will honor their legacy of courage under fire despite taking extremely heavy losses.
The US Naval Combat Demolition Units/Scouts & Raiders Monument will provide a clear understanding of the events of D-Day and the vital contributions made by the NCDUs and S7rs to the success of the Normandy landings and subsequent liberation of France. Their courage and sacrifice will be the theme of the Monument.
“Courage is rightly considered the foremost of virtues, for upon it, all others depend.” Winston Churchill
Layers of significance will be built into the Monument:
- History Panels-Scenes from the Omaha Beach on D-Day and NCDU/S&R history inscriptions will be laser-etched onto granite panels. The story will be told in both English and French, with QR codes that lead visitors to more information.
- Hedgehog Obstacle-Centered within the Monument plaza will be a life-size replica of one of the most common obstacles the NCDU/S&Rs destroyed on Normandy beaches to allow the US Navy and Army landings.
- Living Beach-Sand will surround the Hedgehog Obstacle. It will be gathered from Omaha Beach and other locations all over the world where NCDUs, S&Rs and their successors, the Navy SEALs, have fought and served.
- Map Graphic-A map etched in granite will orient Monument visitors to key terrain and reference points on Omaha Beach.
- NCDU Sculpture-An NCDU Demolitioneer in combat gear will emerge from a granite pillar, illustrating what such a man actually looked like on the day of battle.
- Pathways will provide full access and connections to existing trails, the beach, and the adjacent parking area.
- Donor Stone-A granite panel will display a list of key monument contributors.
The Monument Will stand proudly for generations overlooking Omaha Beach in Normandy. It will be prominently located in the beautiful village of Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, near the American Cemetery, so visitors from all over the world can learn the history of these courageous men and pay respect to their heritage.
A dedication ceremony will take place on May 30, 2024, the year of the 80th anniversary of D-Day. A visit to the NCDU/S&R Monument will be one of the best ways to commemorate the events of that historic day and to teach future generations the value of patriotism, courage, dedication, and sacrifice.
This Monument will not be built without your financial support and donations of any amount are welcome.
All Donors will receive International recognition via or virtual QR code.
Donors of $10,000 or more will have their names laser-etched on the Donor Stone that will stand prominently in the Monument Park.
If you are interested in contributing $50,000 or more, please contact Jim Shafer at the email address below.
Vice-Chairman of the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum
Thank you for your interest in making a contribution to our US Naval Combat Demolition Units/Scouts & Raiders Monument Park. Please use any of the following donation methods:
500 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34982
755 Beachland Blvd.
Vero Beach, FL 32963
UDT SEAL Museum Association, Inc.
3300 North Hwy A1A
Fort Pierce, FL 34949
Tax ID: 59-2569073
Contributions from Donor Advised Funds and Corporate Matching Gift Programs are also accepted. Please check with your DAF to make sure we are listed as a charity.
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For any donation questions, please contact Lisa Fulton at 772.595.5845 x 204 or Lisa@NavySEALMuseum.org.
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