Château-Thierry American Monument
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Seeing Where WWI began for the Americans
In the spring of 1918, Germans forces were confident they could win the War with a final push into Western France. Never mind the inexperienced American farm boys who had just arrived on the scene. I rented a car at Charles de Gaulle and drove 62 miles northeast of Paris to see where fresh American troops joined the war-weary French. In the center of the monument stand two muscular, allegorical women holding hands. I stood under the women surveying a now peaceful valley of gold rapeseed and pastures dotted with creamy-white cows. While French and Americans engage in the occasional spat now and again, I couldn't help but think that the respect earned when Americans helped drive the German forces back a Chateau-Thierry had irrevocably joined our fate, like the two giant muscular women above me.
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