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“Americans Should Understand This Memorial”

Williamsburg, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Americans Should Understand This Memorial”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

It is more than a tad disconcerting to see that an American made it all the way over to this part of France only to express "disappointment" upon visiting this site. The more impressive "other monuments to the Great War" were erected by states (Pennsylvania outdid itself in Varennes-sur-Argonne) or the National Geographic Society (a fountain in Cantigny) or by the federal government itself, which includes those memorials and facilities now administered and maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission. The 42nd Division Memorial is largely the work of a single man -- N.T.Frazer of Alabama and,perhaps, a couple of friends -- whose father fought there. They had to assemble and purchase three separate parcels of land and commission a sculpture in the U.K. to complete this work. They paid for it themselves and it is nothing less than remarkable that they did so. It is now maintained by local French authorities, as best I understand. Sadly, there are nearby places -- near Roncheres, Cierges, Sergy and Courmont -- where Americans suffered thousands upon thousands of casualties in WWI and nothing marks their efforts and sacrifices at all. I just hope people will appreciate this memorial and learn something from it. There should be others like it.

Visited July 2013
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 6 Contributor
606 reviews
229 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
Reviewed August 1, 2013

A beautiful and stirring tribute to the Rainbow Division. I had not been to a WW1 battlefield before and this one is now mostly farmland again, devoid of the death and destruction which once plagued the area. It is a shame so many Americans will never see this memorial.

Visited July 2013
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Alton, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
179 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Disappointing Memorial”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

This memorial to the service of the Rainbow Division in both WWI & WWII is disappointing when compared to other monuments to the Great War. The visitor's center in Chateau-Thierry could hardly place it on the map for me.

Visited March 2013
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Norfolk, Virginia
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“One of the most moving World War I monuments in France.”
Reviewed December 13, 2011

A fantastic World War I monument that commemorates the courage and devotion of the 42nd Rainbow Division. The monument is a little off the beaten path, but well worth the trip!

Visited November 2011
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