AVA monument in Honor of Allied Paratroopers

Hélène BIELAK

reveal COLONEL PATRICK DU TERTRE – Association "The French Will Never Forget" – Maurice RENAUD – Association "Amis des Véterans Américains"

UNVEILING OF THE AIRBORNE MONUMENT IN SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO THE

ALLIED AIRBORNE TROOPS OF JUNE 1944

OPERATION OVERLORD

 

JUNE 8TH 2014 – CHURCH SQUARE OF SAINTE MERE EGLISE

INAUGURAL SPEECH BY MAURICE RENAUD

A V A PRESIDENT

AVA PRESIDENT SPEECH JUNE 8TH

ARTICLE FROM THE UNITED STATES ARMY

On June 8th, 2014, the AVA (Friends of American Veterans) unveiled a new unique monument on the church square of Sainte-Mère-Eglise.  This monument pays tribute to the valiant Allied paratroopers of JUNE 1944 who with their blood redeemed our freedoms.

The monument stands 2 meters high and is made of light grey granite.  With appropriate unit insignias annotated with the number of those killed in action (KIA), we honor the following units:


United States of America: 82d and 101st Airborne Divisions.
Great Britain: 6th Airborne Division
Canada: 1st Parachute Battalion
SAS Brigade: British, Belgian and Free-French paratroopers


We are grateful to Colonel (Ret) Keith NIGHTINGALE for proposing this monument.  To our knowledge, this monument is the only one of its kind in France.Donateurs MAJ 16-09-2014Donateurs 2 -MAJ 16-09-2014

 

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