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Owner description: The Ring of Remembrance is located at the summit of the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette plateau, opposite to the biggest of all French National War Cemetery. The International Memorial...
moreOwner description: The Ring of Remembrance is located at the summit of the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette plateau, opposite to the biggest of all French National War Cemetery. The International Memorial commemorates the names of the 579,606 soldiers, of all nationalities, who fought and lost their lives on the soil of Nord and Pas-de-Calais. Inaugurated on 11 November 2014 and designed by the architect Philippe Prost, this elliptical memorial was inspired by the circles children make in their games and designed as an open book in homage to the soldiers who fell in our region. It is an object of great aesthetic and symbolic power, evoking the mass death which occurred on the battlefields of this region between 1914 and 1918. Part of the structure uses a cantilever overhang to symbolise the fragility of peace. Soldiers’ names have been inscribed in alphabetical order, with no mention of nationality or religion. Among the names engraved on the memorial are those of Francois Faber, winner of the 1909 Tour de France; John Kipling, son of the poet Rudyard Kipling; Joseph Standing Buffalo, grandson of the Indian chief Sitting Bull; Hans Dulfer, the German alpinist; and Paul Mauk, the youngest German soldier enlisted. In the remembrance room of Lens' 14 - 18 Great War History center, you can use tablets to consult databases of the nearly 580,000 soldiers, of all nationalities, who fell in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. Their names are engraved on the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette International Memorial, which lists all the soldiers who died, were buried or commemorated within the Nord and Pas-de-Calais departments during the First World War. Using this data, you can find out everything about any given soldier: his date and place of birth; where he was recruited, his regiment and his rank; the date, place and cause of his death; as well as his place of burial, provided all of this information is known. The welcome team is on hand to help you research your family or locate a tomb or memorial within the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region.
Owner description: Standing at the foot of the hill of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, Lens' 14-18 - Centre d'Histoire Guerre et Paix presents the Great War on the soil of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais. Designed by...
moreOwner description: Standing at the foot of the hill of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, Lens' 14-18 - Centre d'Histoire Guerre et Paix presents the Great War on the soil of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais. Designed by the architect Pierre-Louis Faloci, the contemporary building is structured around cubes of black concrete called "chapels". Employing innovative museographic techniques, this international interpretation centre exhibits an exceptional collection of iconographic documents (letters, archive photographs, contemporaneous films) and symbolic artefacts. Sourced from across the world, these documents reflect the viewpoint of all the protagonists of the conflict (French, German, British and others). Almost 400 photographs are on display in large format. Dynamic maps illustrate the various offensives and twenty or so archive films immerse the visitor in the First World War. The exhibition, created by the French historian Yves Le maner, sets out the key stages of the conflict in a chronological and thematic fashion: the war of movement and the trench system, the bloody offensives and the occupation of the Nord region, the 1918 offensives and death on the front, the ruins and the great reconstruction. A memorial space allows visitors to consult the records of 580,000 soldiers who are commemorated on the Ring of Remembrance, the International Memorial of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette inaugurated on 11 November 2014.
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