The Tours Memorial

Discussion in 'Memorials & Cemeteries' started by liverpool annie, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    Tours is a city in central France, the capital of the Indre-et-Loire department.

    The city was greatly affected by the First World War. A force of 25,000 American soldiers arrived in 1917, setting up textile factories for the manufacture of uniforms, repair shops for military equipment, munitions dumps, an army post office and an American military hospital at Augustins. Thus Tours became a garrison town with a resident general staff. The American presence is remembered today by the Woodrow Wilson bridge over the Loire, which was officially opened in July 1918 and bears the name of the man who was President of the USA from 1912 to 1920. Three American air force squadrons, including the 492nd, were based at the Parçay-Meslay airfield, their personnel playing an active part in the life of the city. Americans paraded at funerals and award ceremonies for the Croix de Guerre; they also took part in festivals and their YMCA organised shows for the troops

    There is also a fine memorial there ..... and I'd love to know more about it if possible

    I saw it described like this


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