Thursday, November 13, 2014

French WWII Monument


I had originally planned another post for today, but when I saw Ciel's post over at Versailles Daily Photo yesterday, I changed my mind. As you can see, the markers are quite similar. This one is located near the American Legion Post at Lake Ella. The monument was given to the citizens of Florida from the people of France in 1949 as an expression of gratitude. Following the Allied victory over Germany in 1945, and gifts of food to French citizens by generous Americans in 1948, the French responded with forty-nine rail cars of gifts, one for each state and Washington, D.C. This monument, actually a marker from “Liberty Way” road, was included in the Florida car received on February 11, 1949, by then Florida Governor Fuller Warren. Inscribed on one side of the monument is “MERCI aux Soldats et au Peuple Américains.” The last time I saw this monument, it was plain pink concrete and not that noticeable. It looks to have been recently painted in these bright colors, so now it really stands out.

16 comments:

Revrunner said...

That bright red flame, especially.

cieldequimper said...

Beginning to wonder if this is a worldwide thing!

cieldequimper said...

I've just posted an update on VDP!

biebkriebels said...

I have seen these sign in Normandy in France too. There was an explanation sign next to it otherwise I hadn't known what it was.

Tanya Breese said...

i thought of ciel right away! how neat!

Birdman said...

Interesting connection to the two countries.

TexWisGirl said...

pretty neat gesture!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It's a small world really isn't it.. if only people and countries could get along peacefully all the time. Fun to see this on Ciel's blog too Lois!

Sylvia K said...

This is terrific, Lois!! Thanks for sharing, as always!!

VP said...

It isn't the Statue of Liberty, but the gesture is to be appreciated!

Sharon Anck said...

Wow, I never would have expected to see such a connection between France and Florida. I remember seeing the post Ciel's site. It makes me wonder if the one's in France have been recently repainted.

William Kendall said...

It certainly does stand out!

Halcyon said...

I love these "bornes". How lucky to have one so near home!

RedPat said...

That is a wonderful thing, Lois!

Annie Bear said...

I didn't know all this. How very cool! Also, how nice that they keep up this monument. I love that. I'm glad that it's still thought of as meaningful, because it is.

Roan said...

I like this monument. Good reason to get one as a gift from France.