The American Cemetery of Suresnes !!!

I like to update this older post for me and you on historical Mount Valérien in Suresnes, Hauts de Seine dept 92 of the Ïle de France region of my belle France. Hope you appreciate it as I.

This is one of my old job cities in France, I worked here for 2 years and many  nice memories of the place and friends. Suresnes is just west of Paris easy over the Bois de Boulogne.  Been on a hill rolling down to the Seine river makes a picturesque town of quant streets and nice city center which I had enjoyed many times and even visited. I like to update this older post for me and you on historical Mount Valérien in SuresnesHauts de Seine dept 92 of the Ïle de France region of my belle France. Hope you appreciate it as I.

However, the reason for the post is that on this nice city of Suresnes lies the solemn American Cemetery of things never to be repeated. And it’s up to each and everyone of us to make sure it does not happened again. I will tell you a bit about the American Cemetery in the city of Suresnes! Ah before I forget ,you can easily reach Suresnes from Gare Saint Lazare in Paris, to Mont Valerien station go out and get on the exit Mont Valerien climb the street at the top is the cemetery.  Once on top you will go to the American Cemetery with souls of WWI and WWII on territory given by France to the USA ; this is a beautiful cemetery and on top has great views of Paris. You can go down to the esplanade to the left of the cemetery and the views to Paris on clear days is great; the best way to see the monuments. At night is sublime and romantic.

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The American Cemetery of Suresnes is an American military cemetery, located on the slope of Mont Valerién facing Paris. It contains, on an area of ​​more than three hectares, the graves of 1,541 American soldiers who died during WWI and 24 unknown soldiers who died during WWII. In addition, a wall of the lost perpetuates the memory of 974 missing at sea or on the battlefields during WWI. Rosettes were placed in front of the names of former missing persons later found. The land was granted for free in perpetuity by the French people to the USA. In 1952, the bodies of 24 unknown soldiers who fell between 1939 and 1944 joined the list of the missing. Suresnes then becomes the only cemetery in Europe to associate the two world wars. Today, the victims lie side by side for eternity, without distinction of rank, race or religion. The rows of crosses in white Italian marble and the vegetal decoration of the cemetery give it a completely calm, serene and solemn atmosphere. In the shape of a “V”, they converge at the same point: the imposing chapel built in 1932, richly decorated, and dedicated to the memory of the two world wars.

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The cemetery was established in 1917 by the Graves Registration Service of the Army Quartermaster Corps. Unlike the other cemeteries of WWI, located near the battlefields, this one was chosen because of its proximity to Parisian hospitals.  It was inaugurated by President Woodrow Wilson on Memorial Day May 1919, in the presence of General Pershing and Marshal Foch. The American Battle Monuments Commission then builds the chapel and landscaping. This work was completed in 1932 and the administration of the estate was entrusted to the American Battle Monuments Commission in 1934. The part dedicated to WWII was inaugurated at a grand ceremony in 1952, by General George Marshall, then President of the American Battle Monuments Commission. At that time, the loggias adjoining the chapel, as well as memorial rooms decorated with sculptures and engraved inscriptions were made. The stelae of white marble are mostly decorated with a Cross, or a Star of David for Jewish soldiers. On November 11, 2018, on the occasion of the centenary of the armistice of 1918, the American president Donald Trump came to collect himself at the American cemetery of Suresnes.

The American Battle Monument commision on the American cemetery of Suresneshttps://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/suresnes-american-cemetery#.VY_GbcIw_IU

The Chemins de Memoire or road of memories on the American Cemetery of Suresneshttps://www.cheminsdememoire.gouv.fr/fr/cimetiere-americain-de-suresnes

The Suresnes tourist office on the American Cemeteryhttps://en.suresnes-tourisme.com/american-military-cemetery-suresnes.html

There you go folks, a place of solemn memory and peaceful surrounding to guard and keep these brave men and women of our mother Earth. I thank them eternally! You go a lot to Paris, you should make a detour and visit the American Cemetery of Suresnes, and a must if American!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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