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.