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War Memorials

An Emotional Visit to the French Deportation Memorial – a Holocaust Memorial

As I approached the French Deportation Memorial on Ile de la Cité, I felt myself becoming tense.  Over the years, I’ve read many books on the holocaust. From my first encounter of the deportation and holocaust atrocities through the Diary of Anne Frank, I will never forget my mother’s admonishment. We must never forget ...

Pointe du Hoc

Located between the two landing beaches of Omaha and Utah, the Pointe du Hoc was an observation post armed by the Germans in France during World War II. It was thought to be the most dangerous post with regards to the Americans’ plans to invade via the beaches. [caption id="attachment_841" align="alignright" width="643"] ...

American Cemetery France

Along the Normandy coast lie the Normandy American Cemetery France, the British Cemetery, Canadian Cemetery, German Cemetery and Polish Cemetery for soldiers from World War II. For each of these war cemeteries, France has granted concession of the land to the home country free of cost, rent or taxation. There are 14 such ...

Marne Dormans Memorial

Constructed in 1921 to commemorate the two Battles of the Marne from World War I, the Marne Dormans Memorial is located between Paris and Reims on the D980. The First Battle of the Marne 1914 was a strategic victory, saving Paris from capture by the Germans, but saw a loss of 250,000 French (a comparable number of ...

World War I

World War I and Other War Memorials War memorials, World War I and later, of all shapes and sizes scan be found everywhere you look in France. From the small memorials in villages, to the memorials found in the countryside at the intersection of two roads to the Arc du Triomphe in Paris which bears the names of all ...

Douaumont

Douaumont Ossuary is a memorial built after World War I to honor the soldiers who lost their lives in the Battle of Verdun. It is the resting place of the bones of approximately 130,000 unidentified French and German soldiers collected from 36 sections of the battle field. [caption id="attachment_377" align="aligncenter" ...

Verdun France

Verdun France lies on the Meuse River and for centuries has been a fought over locations for defense during times of war. It was one of France’s strongest points of defense during World War I. [caption id="attachment_1159" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Verdun Memorial[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1158" ...