THE LIBERTY ROAD
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THE « LIBERTY ROAD » HISTORY

Soon after the end of the Second World War, Mr Guy de la Vasselais, French liaison officer to General George Patton, suggested the idea of erecting a monument to commemorate the Liberation of France by the American Armies, and to honor the soldiers who sacrificed much in so doing: a monument that would symbolize the idea of Liberty. However he thought that a single monument would be inappropriate to express the immense gratitude of the French people toward their Liberators. He therefore suggested the installation of a distinctive marker placed at each kilometer interval along the roads followed by General Patton’s III rd Army.

Michelin road map «Liberty Road» published in 1947

Stamp commemorating
the inauguration of the
« Liberty Road ».
September 10, 1947


Beginning at Utah Beach in Normandy and ending at Bastogne in Belgium, the Liberty Road goes through the cities of Saint Malo, Rennes, Angers, Le Mans, Chartres, Fontainebleau, Reims, Verdun and Metz, and then through the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Altogether the Monument consists of 1146 Milestones. The design of these Milestones, though simple, is most symbolic: The Flaming Torch of the Statue of Liberty, emerging from the sea, is carried eastward. Along the circumference of the Milestone’s dome-shaped top, the 48 stars of the United States Flag remind us that brave men from each state of that great Nation took part in the Liberation of France.

The New York Times, Tuesday, September 23, 1947
The New York Times,
Tuesday, September 23, 1947
The New York Times, Tuesday, July 10, 1947
The New York Times,
Tuesday, July 10, 1947

The “Liberty Road” was officially opened on September 17, 1947 at Fontainebleau, by Mr Paul Ramadier, then President du Conseil, in the presence of Mr Jefferson Caffery, United States Ambassador to France and members of the American Legion.

Many military and civilian dignitaries of the Allied Nations were also present at the ceremonies.

PRESIDENT H. TRUMAN To mark the anniversary of the Allies landing in France on June 6, 1944, French President Vincent Auriol makes a gift of a bronze replica of a Liberty Road Milestone to President Harry Truman.
PRESIDENT H. TRUMAN
To mark the anniversary of the Allies landing in France on June 6, 1944, French President Vincent Auriol makes a gift of a bronze replica of a Liberty Road Milestone to President Harry Truman.
G.M. Winter and Commander Griffith of the American Legion inaugurating the Milestone 0 at Sainte-Mère-Eglise. July 15, 1947.
G.M. Winter and Commander Griffith of the American Legion inaugurating the Milestone 0 at Sainte-Mère-Eglise. July 15, 1947.

PRESIDENT D. EISENHOWER Sainte-Mère-Eglise, June 6, 1952: General Dwight D. Eisenhower places a wreath in front of Milestone 0.
PRESIDENT D. EISENHOWER
Sainte-Mère-Eglise, June 6, 1952: General Dwight D. Eisenhower places a wreath in front of Milestone 0."

All who travel the “Liberty Road” must sense something of the spirit of comradeship and common destiny that strengthened the soldiers of the Allied Forces who fought their way along that route in 1944. The same firm unity is still necessary if we are to maintain human dignity and freedom and secure a just peace for men now living and for the generations to follow.




Speech by General Dwight D. Eisenhower

The New York Times February 2, 1947
The New York Times,
February 2, 1947
The New York Times May 8, 1947
The New York Times,
May 8, 1947
The New York Times September 19, 1947
The New York Times,
September 19, 1947
The New York Times June 12, 1948
The New York Times,
June 12, 1948

Forty years later, the Liberty Monuments still stand proudly along those French roads. President Reagan, accompanied by many heads of State, came in 1984 to mark the 40th anniversary of D-Day. All stood to meditate at the site where the first American troops landed to restore Liberty to France. Since the dedication of the Liberty Road in 1947, millions of visitors have come to visit these Monuments and to remember.

Utah-Beach, June 6, 1984: President Ronal Reagan, President François Mitterrand, Queen Elisabeth II, King Baudoin of Belgium and King Olaf V of Norway meditate in front of Milestone 00 of the “Liberty Road”.
PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN, PRESIDENT FRANÇOIS MITTERRAND, QUEEN ELISABETH II, KING BAUDOIN OF BELGIUM AND KING OLAF V OF NORWAY
meditate in front of Milestone 00 of the “Liberty Road”
at Utah-Beach, June 6, 1984.

Presidential Statement

In this year of 1984, we have been celebrating the hard-fought liberation of Europe 40 years ago. The restoration of the memorials along the freedom road – the “Voie de la Liberté” – is a fitting tribute indeed to those who trod that road in defense of liberty. May these memorials serve as a continuing reminder of the sacrifice of so many lives, and of the commitment we must all maintain to promote peace and preserve the legacy of freedom for ourselves and future generations.

Ronald Reagan
President of the United State of America