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Honorable Mentions for May List of War Memorials

These are memorials that didn't make the Top 10 List, but are worthy of posting here because they are unique or special.  So as a Memorial Day special, here's an extra page on War Memorials:

The Top-10 Plus:  These are War Memorials that could easily make any Top 10 list, and so I'm including them here.

Pegasus Bridge -- the site of the first British airborne landings during D-Day.  Near the bridge are individual memorials for the three glider pilots that landed first.  The nearby cafe is owned by a woman who was nine when the British landed and who still remembers the occupation well. American Normandy Cemetary -- Normandy, France.  No picture is going to capture what this cemetary means to Americans, the D-Day invasion remains one of America's proudest military moments, a sentiment beautiful tapped by the movie "Saving Private Ryan," one of my personal all-time favorites.

Marseille, France -- The city's memorial was beaten out by Nice (#9) for the big-and-ostentatious memorial award.
Holocaust Memorials:  Technically not "War Memorials," but the horrors suffered by Jews and many other minorities at the hands of the Nazis are uniquely World War II.

Krakow, Poland -- This picture shows two memorials side-by-side.  The Jewish memorial in the foreground is more traditional, while the larger memorial in the rear is more abstract (and therefore not well understood). Auschwitz, Poland -- Poland and Germany have converted a number of their concentration camps into museums.  Auschwitz is perhaps the best known and best preserved among them.  A chilling testament to our capacity for inhumanity.
Freiburg (Brsg) -- This subtle traffic sign is perched in the city park of Freiburg im Breisgau in southern Germany.  It points to the city of Gurs in southwestern France, a Nazi concentration camp where the city's Jews and others were sent.
Independence  War Memorials of a sort -- they don't commemorate the fallen so much a celebrate the defeat of an oppressor.

Tallinn, Estonia -- This rock is the Estonian National Monument of Independence.  The inscription at bottom right was the date of Estonia's release from Soviet rule, 20 August 1991.  Estonia and her Baltic sisters Latvia and Lithuania employed a famous passive resistance movement called the Singing Revolution and are now among the most westernized of former Soviet states. Jakarta, Indonesia -- The Irian Jaya Independence Monument celebrates the defeat of Dutch colonial rule in eastern Indonesia.  The statue is of a man crying out as he breaks the chains that bound him.

Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg -- Pictured here is the monument to the Luxembourgeois Resistance, an active resistance movement that was a serious thorn in the Nazis side during the early 40s.  Using sabotage tactics and an active underground media, the Resistance movement not only proved an irritant, they did well at evading capture.

bulletAmerican Military Cemetary, Normandy, France.  Commemorates the American dead from the Normandy invasion and after.  Includes a huge sculpture titled the "Spirit of American Youth Rising Over the Waves" and huge marbled diagrams of the battles that raged.
bulletIrian Jaya Independence Monument, Jakarta, Indonesia.  Symbolically celebrates the war of independence of the island of Irian Jaya from Dutch control after World War II, depicted as a man breaking away the chains wrapped around his body.
bulletWorld War Memorial, Marseille, France.  Marseille's is just as large and prominent as Nice's (#9), but is clearly different in style -- a cement arch with the years of the war sculpted on to it.

(c) 2003 Tom Galvin

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