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.
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