Luxemburg in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Voie de la Liberte
Road of Freedom
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
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 (Submitted on June 10, 2014.)
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
- Lake Ella Park, Tallahassee, Florida || Brou
b. Very probably from Merci Train
- Fresno, California || Etampes
- Fort Indiantown, Annville, Pennsylvania || Saint Avold
- Camp Mabry Austin, Texas|| Sainte Menehould
c. Probably from Merci Train
- Patton Park, South Hamilton, Massachusetts || Le Havre + Avranches
- Patton Park, South Hamilton, Massachusetts || Rouen (unconfirmed, rumor from the Pattons)
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)
— Submitted August 8, 2016, by Alexis M. of Ewa-Beach, Hawaii.
Categories. • War, World II •
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.