Liberty Road (Voie de la Liberté)

The Liberty Road Marker (borne).

1 = The 48 stars of the USA.

2 = Four red rectangles representing the sections of the Liberty Road;

  • Sainte-Mère-Eglise – Cherbourg
  • Sainte-Mère-Eglise – Avranches
  • Avranches – Metz
  • Metz – Luxembourg – Bastogne

3 = Name and date of the Liberty Road.

4 = Torch of Liberty (modeled after the Statue of Liberty’s torch.).

5= On the side; town and number of the marker.

6 = Patch Third US Army.

7 = Waves representing the Atlantic Ocean.

Soon after the end of the Second World War, Mr. Guy de la Vasselais, French liaison officer to General George S. Patton, suggested the installation of markers placed every kilometer along the roads followed by General Patton’s Third United States Army.

Starting at Utah Beach, Normandy (France) and ending at Bastogne (Belgium), the Liberty Road goes through the cities of Saint Malo, Rennes, Angers, Le Mans, Chartres, Fontainebleau, Reims, Verdun and Metz, and then into the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Altogether the Liberty Road consists of about 1146 milestones.

Three milestone markers, were placed in the USA as well; one in Luxemburg, Wisconsin, one in Luxemburg, Minnesota, and one in Luxemburg, Iowa.