Climbing to Victorious Views in Mt. Faucon, France
I stumbled upon the Montfaucon American Monument while trying to find the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery ( which is about 10 miles down the road).
In the year 567 a monk, St. Balderic, said he was guided to the hill where the monument now stands by a falcon. He established a monastery and a village which stood for more than 1,000 years until the Central Powers captured and burned the village in 1914. Allegedly, the monetary's hill had the best views from which to see advancing troops.
The monument rises 200 feet above the remains of the bombed out village church. A viewing platform under a statue of liberty (no relation to Lady Liberty) is accessible by a winding staircase in the center of the monument, affording views of the land where the final battles of World War One took place ending on Armistice Day, November 11th in 1918.
Montfaucon d'Argonne is about 150 East of Paris, and 20 miles north of Verdun. Opening times to the platform vary by season, so check the ABMC website for current opening times.