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Luxemburg in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Voie de la Liberte

Road of Freedom

 
 
Voie de la Liberte Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
1. Voie de la Liberte Marker
Inscription.
    This Milestone Marker was presented to the Village of Luxemburg, Wisconsin in 1994. It is to remind people of the path of hardship and the triumphant progress of the soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Army, from the Allied landing in Normandy on June 6, 1944, to the Battle of the Bulge (Bastogne) and the final liberation of France, Belgium and Luxumbourg. There are 1,182 milestones marking out the Liberty Road. Three Milestone Markers, were presented, one each to Luxemburg, WI, Luxemburg, MN, and Luxemburg, IA.

    The stars on the top represent the 48 states of the United States in 1944. The rectangles represent the four sections of the route. The Torch of Liberty modeled after the torch of the Statue of Liberty, the emblem is of the 3rd U.S. Army under the command of General George S. Patton Jr. The waves represent the Atlantic Ocean.
 
Erected 2012 by Luxemburg American Legion Post No. 262 and Auxiliary.
 
Location. 44° 31.915′ N, 87° 42.243′ W. Marker is in Luxemburg, Wisconsin, in Kewaunee County. Marker is on Main Street (County Highway AB) south of Hickory Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in the northeast corner of Saint Mary's
Voie de la Liberte Marker and Milestone image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
2. Voie de la Liberte Marker and Milestone
Dedicated on Memorial Day 2012
Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Luxemburg WI 54217, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. South Luxemburg (here, next to this marker); Bank of Luxemburg (approx. half a mile away); Decker House (approx. 4.6 miles away); Casco Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.6 miles away); George Halada Farmstead (approx. 5.1 miles away); Dikeman (approx. 7 miles away); Bottkolville (approx. 7.7 miles away); Stage House · Dyckesville (approx. 8.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Luxemburg.
 
Regarding Voie de la Liberte. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Luxembourg during World War II, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg sent three copies of this memorial sculpture to the towns of Luxemburg in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Liberty Road (France). Wikipedia entry. "Liberty Road is the commemorative way marking the victorious route of the Allied forces from D-Day in June 1944. It starts in Sainte-Mère-Église, in the Manche département in Basse-Normandie, France, travels across Northern France to Metz and then northwards
Voie de la Liberte Marker and Milestone image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
3. Voie de la Liberte Marker and Milestone
to end in Bastogne, on the border of Luxembourg and Belgium. At each of the 1,146 kilometres, there is a stone marker or 'Borne'." (Submitted on June 10, 2014.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Merci Train and Liberty Road (3rd Army)
Here is a list of other Liberty Road Markers (not all) that are currently in the US. Most of them are thought to have come with the 1949 Merci Train. Most markers are associated with a town in France hence the format

a. clearly from Merci Train
- Ohio Historical Center, Colombus, Ohio || Unknown
http://mercitrain.org/Ohio/tn_Ohio%20Gift%205.jpg
- Lake Ella Park, Tallahassee, Florida || Brou
gf-fl-LibertyRoadMarker-Brou.jpg

b. Very probably from Merci Train
- Fresno, California || Etampes
gf-ca-LibertyRoadMarker-Etampes.jpg
- Fort Indiantown, Annville, Pennsylvania || Saint Avold
http://mercitrain.org/Pennsylvania/PA_MB_02.jpg
- Camp Mabry Austin, Texas|| Sainte Menehould
gf-tx-LibertyRoadMarker-SainteMenehould.jpg

c. Probably from Merci Train
- Patton Park, South Hamilton, Massachusetts || Le Havre + Avranches
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ethomsen/16713520859
- Patton Park, South Hamilton, Massachusetts || Rouen (unconfirmed, rumor from the Pattons)
Voie de la Liberte Marker and Milestone image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
4. Voie de la Liberte Marker and Milestone
Saint Mary's Cemetery


d. Clearly NOT from Merci Train
- NYC, New York || Nantes
- Denver, Colorado || replica?
- Abilene, Kansas || replica?
- Camp Blanding, Florida || Saint Lo
- Fort Benning, Georgia || Fontainebleau (replica) Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted August 8, 2016, by Alexis M. of Ewa-Beach, Hawaii.

 
Categories. War, World II
 
Voie de la Liberte Milestone image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
5. Voie de la Liberte Milestone
Voie de la Liberté 1944
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 309 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on September 20, 2016.
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