Monday, May 27, 2013

Arc de Triomphe - au soldat inconnu


Arc de Triomphe


Originally commissioned by Napoleon in 1806, he died before its completion.  It sits magnificently at the hub of twelve intersecting roads and has witnessed history.  After World War I, the returning soldiers marched triumphantly through the arch, and it became the site of the tomb of the unknown soldier.  


The Arc de Triomphe is remembered as a memorial to all those who died in World War I.  I recently accompanied two World War II Veterans the tomb of the unknown soldier at Arlington Cemetery in Washington, DC.  Today we remember all those lost in wars defending our freedom.


Arc de Triomphe
Place Charles de Gaulle
75008, Paris

15 comments:

Nadege said...

The world would not be the same without those brave souls!

Starman said...

There seems to be a lot of events held at or near the Arc de Triomphe.

Joe said...

It is wonderful that many countries have a special place to honour the unknown soldiers who fought and died for their and others beliefs. So sad it happened.

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Malyss said...

Thank you for that beautiful tribute !

Paulita said...

I love the movement in that statue. I'm commemorating Memorial Day too in my Dreaming of France meme today.

Alain said...

Ce qui est bizarre, c'est que tous les soldats du monde croient défendre la liberté...il y en a certainement qui se trompent, mais lesquels ?

M said...

Beautiful photograph!

Daryl said...

love the b/w ...

Alexa said...

Nice tribute—and black and white adds just the right somber touch.

Randy said...

Marvelous light.

Jack said...

A fine and timely tribute, Genie.

ladyfi said...

This is a beautiful shot!

Jeanie said...

What a perfect Memorial Day recognition -- and a beautiful photo as well!

Mary said...

Wonderful photo and tribute, Genie. Thank you.