I cut out my sibling's head from this picture. Sibling thinks this was in North America but can't remember. Perhaps Europe? Anyone recognize this?

We see a plaque with text on a stone like a commemoration? We see a boat cruising. We can't figure out what those black beams rods are behind the three white poles and people are sitting on the shore line.

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    I'll guess that the "black beam rods" are part of an anchor, a non-uncommon object at a monument at the edge of big water. May 13, 2020 at 22:26
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    The one on the left is for sure an anchor.
    – CGCampbell
    May 13, 2020 at 22:49
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    The one on the right sits at a different angle, suggesting it's a difference piece. But the shape of the "fluke" is discernible as a common anchor shape. So...two anchors. May 13, 2020 at 23:04
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    At least your sibling remembers which countries they have visited? I would guess it's UK but...
    – xngtng
    May 14, 2020 at 0:06
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    If you have a higher resolution photo, you might be able to read some of the inscription on the plaque?
    – Moo
    May 14, 2020 at 1:36

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This picture was taken at the "Landing Memorial" in Saint-Tropez, Côte d'Azur, France. The memorial honors the American, British and French landing troops who came ashore in the Provence on the 15th of August 1944.

The memorial also honors the French commandos led by Henri D'Astier de la Vigerie, who landed on Saint-Tropez on the 17th of August 1944.

More information about the memorial, including the text of the two inscriptions, is available on the Page "Les monuments aux morts" of the University of Lille, France.

See also this page on tracesofwar.com.

Here's a view of the monument from Google Streetview:

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Here's a different streetview, giving a better view of the two anchors:

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    I have never studied French, yet I can almost read both of those inscriptions, from a mostly English language background. A lot of the words in the original language are able to cross language barriers pretty well, even outside of the Romance family. May 15, 2020 at 2:24
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    They've been alternately killing each other and sneaking across for a bottle of plonk and a shag for the last 900 years so that's not really surprising.
    – Peter Wone
    May 15, 2020 at 16:58
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    @user7761803 Since long before "1066 and all that". That was just another chapter in the tale. WTC was, after all, claiming his alleged right to a throne based on what was even then 'history'. May 17, 2020 at 2:05
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    For interest - how did you identify the site - somewhere you knew of or ...? May 17, 2020 at 2:10
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    @RussellMcMahon: No, i did a reverse image search, based on a rotated and cropped version of the original pic. After correcting the slight rotation to the right, and cropping most of the pic at the top and bottom, yandex returned some more pics of the memorial, which allowed identification. In most cases, correcting rotation or perspective and cropping to "relevant" parts makes it more probable that a reverse image search will lead to good results. I've used yandex since it's far better than google regarding reverse image search. Bing is useful sometimes, too.
    – tohuwawohu
    May 17, 2020 at 5:52

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