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SOMMEPY AMERICAN MONUMENT
The World War I Sommepy Monument commemorates the achievements of the American units that served in combat with the French Fourth Army during the summer and fall of 1918. This monument stands on Blanc Mont Ridge, three miles northwest of Sommepy-Tahure (Marne), France. The site is 11 miles north of Suippes, France and 124 miles east of Paris. It can be reached via Chalons-sur-Marne or Reims, France. It is situated on Highways D 23 and / D 320.
The Sommepy Monument has special summer operating hours. From June 29 through September 16 the monument is open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Fridays the monument is open from 12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays the monument is open from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 pm. The monument will be closed on the following dates: August 6 -9, August 13-16, and August 20-23.
Beginning on September 17, regular operating hours for the monument will resume. The monument will be open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The monument is closed on weekends, and French and American holidays.
The monument is surrounded by vestiges of World War I trenches, dugouts and gun emplacements. It is essentially a tower of golden-yellow limestone with an observation tower on top affording an excellent view of the battlefields. Inside the entrance to the monument is an inscription describing American operations in the vicinity. The monument's site was captured by American troops. It commemorates the achievements of the 70,000 Americans who served in this region during the summer and fall of 1918.