Fresno in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Voie de la Liberte 1944
This monument from General Patton's Route of Liberation is a gift of the people [of] Cannes, France to the people of California, sent via La Train de la Reconnaisance Francaise (Merci Train) and dedicated Armistice Day, November 11, 1949 to everlasting world peace.
Erected 1949 by La Societe 40 Hommes et 8 Cheveaux, Voiture 31, American Legion.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Merci Train Boxcars marker series.
Location. 36° 44.236′ N, 119° 47.383′ W. Marker is in Fresno, California, in Fresno County. Marker is on Fresno Street near L Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is on the north grounds of the county courthouse square, near the Sheriff's Department. Marker is in this post office area: Fresno CA 93721, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fresno (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lao Hmong American War Memorial (about 400 feet away); Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (about 500 feet away); Fresno County Courthouse (about 500 feet away); David of Sassoon Purple Heart Memorial (about 700 feet away); Honoring the Ex-Braceros and Their Contributions (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Saroyan (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fresno.
Regarding Viva Liberation. The monument commemorates the liberation of Europe by Allied Forces in World War II. It is a replica of markers placed every kilometer along the 888-mile “Road to Liberty” the Allies followed in fighting that began on the beaches of Normandy in France and led to Bastogne in Belgium. A time capsule was stored within the monument at its dedication on Armistice Day in 1949 by the 40 & 8 veterans organization and it was opened as instructed “Nov. 11, 2000 A.D. by the oldest surviving member of the 40/8”. [From Historical Fresno Courthouse Park Walking Tour]
Also see . . .
1. Historical Fresno County Courthouse Park Walking Tour. (Submitted on March 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Merci Train. (Submitted on March 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Patriots & Patriotism • Railroads & Streetcars • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 891 times since then and 95 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.