Memorial Day – D-Day’s Reflection

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This Memorial Day weekend brings thousands to the Boston Common at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument to see the 37,000 US flags, provided by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund.  The Flag Garden is planted in memory of Massachusetts service men and women who gave their lives in defending our country from the Revolutionary War to the present.


This weekend the SolidWorks EDU team finds itself at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, USA celebrating the engineering behind the Baja SAE East event.  You cannot help but notice the Pittsburg State University’s Veterans Memorial, surrounded by 50 state flags, to remember the men and women who answered the call of our nation.

Normandy American Cemetary

The sea of flags today takes me to another image across the Atlantic to Omaha Beach and the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Colleville-sur-Mer France, 9,387 US service personnel are buried. Each honored with a white monument.


The engineering behind D-Day, June 6, 1944 and the story that followed, will be featured in the WGBH NOVA D-Day Sunken Secrets on Wednesday May 28, 2014 at 9 pm.  The 3DExperience behind the reenactments were developed by a team of dedicated engineers and designers, under the direction of Mehdi Tayoubi, Dassault Systèmes Passion for Innovation Leader.  More than 5,000 ships ventured across the English Channel, with thousands of tanks, landing craft and ~200,000 men.

D-Day 3DExperience Dassault Systemes

If you are in Boston tomorrow, visit the Commons.  For Wednesday, view NOVA’s  D-Day’s Sunken Secrets; the documentary should not be missed.  Marie



Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard