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Free French World War II Memorial

 
 
Free French World War II Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 1, 2018
1. Free French World War II Memorial Marker
Inscription.  

<< Les dissidents Martiniquais
en souvenir de l’accueil fraternel
de la population de Sainte-Lucie
pendant la 2eme guerre mondiale
Free French Forces 1939-1945>>


English translation:
The veterans of the resistance from Martinique, in memory of the brotherly assistance from the people of Saint Lucia during the Second World War
Free French Forces 1939-1945

 
Erected by Les dissidents Martiniquais.
 
Location. 14° 0.707′ N, 60° 59.216′ W. Marker is in Castries, Castries. Marker can be reached from Darling Road just north of Jeremie Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is in the southern portion of the Carlos V Gardens in Castries.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles Eugene Gabriel de la Croix, Marquis de Castries (within shouting distance of this marker); Holy Trinity Anglican Church Foundation Stone (within shouting distance of this marker);
Free French World War II Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 1, 2018
2. Free French World War II Memorial Marker
As explained by an additional nearby marker, the monument is made up of the Lorraine Cross and the "V" for Victory. The two large stones on the monument are mentioned also in the additional marker and represent Martinique and St. Lucia.
Simon Bolivar (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Jean Baptiste Bideau (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Sir John George Melvin Compton (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); The “Cannon” at Walcott Place (approx. half a kilometer away); Hon. Derek Alton Walcott (approx. half a kilometer away); Sir William Arthur Lewis (approx. half a kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Castries.
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Free French World War II Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 1, 2018
3. Free French World War II Memorial Marker
The reverse of the additional marker can be seen just in front of the World War II memorial in the Carlos V Gardens.
An additional nearby Free French World War II Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 1, 2018
4. An additional nearby Free French World War II Marker
The cross of Lorraine from the Eastern part of France was chosen as a symbol of the armed struggle against Nazism. General De Gaulle, the leader of the French Resistance, used it and so did the dissidents of the Free French Forces who went to Saint Lucia to join British territory between 1940 and 1943. All of them were warmly received by the Saint Lucians. This memorial is built to commemorate this fact and express heartfelt thanks to the people of Saint Lucia.

The V sign was used by the French Forces and the Allies alike, as a symbol of victory during the intervention to free the French country.

These two volcanic rocks, the first one being the “Montagne Pelée” besides which lies the town of Saint Pierre, the oldest the capital of Martinique and the second one being the “Sulphur Springs”, close to Soufriere, the oldest town of Saint Lucia established by the French, are the symbols of a common origin of the two islands as well as a symbol of the strong friendship between the people of these two countries.

Vive L amité Franco – Saint-Lucienne

Ce monument a été réalisé avec le soutien du ministére de la défense – Direction de la mémoire du patrimoine et des archives. Inauguré le 10 novembre 2001 en presence du Gouverneur et du Premier ministere Saint Lucien et des autorités francaises.

Ministere de la Defense del Republique Francais
Forces Armées Antilles

 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 3, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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