Front of Chateau-Thierry American Monument.

Chateau-Thierry Monument

Overview

The World War I Chateau-Thierry American Monument, designed by Paul Cret, is located on a hill two miles west of Chateau-Thierry, France, and commands a wide view of the valley of the Marne River. It commemorates the sacrifices and achievements of the Americans and French before and during the Aisne-Marne and Oise-Aisne offensives.

The monument, also known as the American Aisne-Marne Memorial or Le Monument américain à cote 204, consists of an impressive double colonnade rising above a long terrace. On its west facade are heroic sculptured figures representing the United States and France. On its east facade is a map showing American military operations in this region and an orientation table pointing out the significant battle sites.

German advances in late May 1918 led to the 3rd Division joining the fight. Its units assisted French troops in preventing the Germans from crossing the Marne River. The 3rd Division held the south bank of the Marne until the French American counteroffensive forced German withdrawal. It earned the nickname “Rock of the Marne.” At the nearby cemeteries rest those Americans who gave their lives in the service of their country.

 

Dedicated
1937
Location
France

Cemetery Information

Visiting Hours

Chateau-Thierry American Monument is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The visitor center is open daily, except Christmas Day and New Year's Day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Contact Us

Chateau-Thierry Monument is managed and maintained by staff at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery. Please direct queries about the Chateau-Thierry Monument to the cemetery.

Aisne-Marne American Cemetery
02400
Belleau
France
tel +33 (0)6 37 06 42 65 / +33 (0)3 23 70 70 90

Visitor Center

A 2,000 square-foot visitor center opened at Chateau-Thierry American Monument in May 2018. Entrance to the visitor center is free, and tickets nor reservations are required. The visitor center is open daily, except Christmas Day and New Year's Day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

History

German advances in late May 1918 led to the 3rd Division joining the fight. Its units assisted French troops in preventing the Germans from crossing the Marne River. The 3rd Division held the south bank of the Marne until the French American counteroffensive forced German withdrawal. It earned the nickname “Rock of the Marne.” At the nearby cemeteries rest those Americans who gave their lives in the service of their country.

News and Events

Due to Memorial Day commemorations at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, the Visitor Center at the
During Memorial Day weekend 2019, ABMC sites throughout the world will pay tribute to the men and women honored overseas.
The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) has released its World War I Battlefield Companion in digital format.
President George H.W. Bush, who died on November 30, 2018, paid his respects at multiple ABMC cemeteries during the course of his lifetime.

Chateau-Thierry American Monument Dedication in 1937

Black and white photo of the Chateau-Thierry American Monument

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