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Epinal, France

Created: 2019/05/23 04:55 AM         Last Updated: 2019/08/23 04:55 AM

Attraction Details Attraction Name:Epinal, France

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The Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial in France, 48.6 acres in extent, is sited on a plateau 100 feet above the Moselle River in the foothills of the Vosges Mountains. It contains the graves of 5,255 of our military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the campaigns across northeastern France to the Rhine and beyond into Germany. The cemetery was established in October 1944 by the 46th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company of the U.S. Seventh Army as it drove northward from southern France through the Rhone Valley into Germany. The cemetery became the repository for the fatalities in the bitter fighting through the Heasbourg Gap during the winter of 1944-45. The memorial, a rectangular structure with two large bas-relief panels, consists of a chapel, portico, and map room with a mosaic operations map. On the walls of the Court of Honor, which surround the memorial, are inscribed the names of 424 of the missing. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified. Stretching northward is a wide, tree-lined mall that separates the two large burial plots. At the northern end of the mall, the circular flagpole plaza forms an overlook affording a view of a wide sweep of the Moselle Valley.

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Epinal American Cemetery is located approximately 4 miles (7 kilometers) southeast of Epinal (Vosges), France, on road D-157, in the village of Dinoze-Qu*quement. It can be reached by automobile from Paris (231 miles) in about 5 hours via toll autoroute A-4, eastward to the Nancy exit, then highway N-57. Avoid the city of Epinal and exit only at Arches-Dinoze. Rail service is available from the Gare de l'Est, Paris via Nancy, where it may be necessary to change trains. The journey by train also requires about 5 hours. Air travel service is available from Paris to the Epinal-Mirecourt Airport. Travel by air takes about 45 minutes. Adequate hotel accommodations and taxi service can be found in Epinal and vicinity.