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The World War I Montfaucon American Monument is located seven miles south of the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial and 20 miles northwest of Verdun, France. From June through September 30 the Montfaucon Monument is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Beginning in October, the Montfaucon Monument will be closed to the public on week days because of scheduled maintenance. The monument will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. throughout the month of October.

It consists of a massive granite doric column, surmounted by a statue symbolic of liberty, which towers more than 200-feet above the war ruins of the former village. It commemorates the American victory during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive during the period September 26, 1918 to November 11, 1918, when the American First Army forced the enemy to conduct a general retreat on this front. On the walls of the foyer are an engraved map of the operations with a narrative and a special tribute to the American troops who served here. The observation platform on top of the memorial is reached by 234 steps and affords magnificent views of this battlefield.