Candes Saint-Martin, my favourite spot in La Touraine.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Bastogne - part 2

In the course of the Battle of the Bulge, the town of Bastogne was heavily bombed and almost completely destroyed. Many civilians were killed. However, 'Les Bastognards' (as the inhabitants of Bastogne are called) bear no grudge. In the main town square - Place McAucliffe - you'll find an old but recently restored Barracuda tank and a bust of the General.

Just outside of Bastogne, the 'Mardasson' memorial, erected in the form of an American Liberty star, commemorates the American soldiers who were killed in battle.

All year round Bastogne is visited by American veterans and/or their offspring who want to see where there (grand)fathers fought.

This was my first visit to the Mardasson monument and I was moved and touched by the serenity of the place.

In the star-shaped memoral are inscribed the names of the 50 American states, as well as those of the many divisions that were invoved in the battle.

In spite of the many tourists, it's very peaceful and the people that climb up the stairs leading to the top of the monument have a tendency to whisper as they are overwhelmed by the surrounding landscape.



Jean said...

We came across a similar American monument somewhere in France a few years ago and noticed the same thing. It made us feel very humble. The soldiers who gave their lives deserve such respect.
I am enjoying catching up on your blog after my own little "holiday".

ladybird said...

Hi Jean: Glad to have you back. Hope you had a nice time!