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Meaux in Seine-et-Marne Département, Île-de-France, France
 

Battle of the Marne American Monument

La Liberté éplorée

 
 
Battle of the Marne American Monument - English Side image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, June 23, 2015
1. Battle of the Marne American Monument - English Side
Inscription.
English side:
Here speak again the silent voices of the heroic Sons of France who dared all and gave all in the day of deadly peril. Turned back the flood of imminent disaster and thrilled the world with their supreme devotion.

Erected in 1932 by the American friends of France in memory of the Battle of the Marne in September 1914

French side:

Au moment ou s'engage une bataille dont dépend le salut du pays il importe de rappeler a tous que le moment ne plus de regarder en arrière tous les efforts doivent être employer a attaquer et refouler l'ennemi une troupe qui ne plus avancer devra coute que coute garder le terrain conquis et se faire tuer sur place plutôt que de reculer

English (rough) translation of French side:

When undertaking a battle upon which depends the salvation of the nation, it is important to remember that this is not the time to look back - all efforts must be employed to attack and suppress the advancing enemy troop regardless of the cost, protecting the land and being killed rather than retreating.
 
Erected 1932 by American Friends of France.
 
Location. 48° 58.367′ N, 2° 54.271′ E. Marker is in Meaux, Île-de-France
Battle of the Marne American Monument - French Side image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, June 23, 2015
2. Battle of the Marne American Monument - French Side
, in Seine-et-Marne Département. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Route D2405A and D405A, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The monument is adjacent to the French Museum of the Great War. Marker is in this post office area: Meaux, Île-de-France 77100, France.
 
Also see . . .  Battlefields of the Marne. Tourisme Pays de Meaux provides some background history on the Battle of the Marne, as well as a listing of local monuments related to the battle. On the American Monument: This gigantic 26-metre high monument was erected at the exit from Meaux near the Museum of the Great War…. In the United States, the victory of the Marne excited every French sympathiser in the country. Following the victory of the Allies, the idea of building a commemorative statue on the spot was proposed and began to take shape through a competition of proposals, the final decision being made on the basis of models; the winner was an American, Frederick Mac Monnies. Completion of the project took 14 years; and the finished American Monument was not unveiled until September 1932. (Submitted on July 23, 2015.) 
 
Categories. War, World I
 
Battle of the Marne American Monument image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, June 23, 2015
3. Battle of the Marne American Monument
Battle of the Marne American Monument image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, June 23, 2015
4. Battle of the Marne American Monument
The sculptor depicted the tragedy of 1914 in the form reminiscent of the purest creations of Antiquity. France, the central personage, resembles at once a Spartan mother, ready to sacrifice her sons for the good of the nation, and, simultaneously, grief-stricken and overwhelmed, struggling to rise, heroically, her heart bleeding. Her face is a long cry of anguish, a heart-rending appeal, launched above the panic of arms, the cry of alarm of a nation which must gather all its strength. That is why the monument has been referred to as “Tearful Liberty”. - Tourisme Pays de Meaux
 
 
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