This grand expression of the historical bond between France and the United States is situated in a park to the west of Paris. Marnes-la-Coquette can be easily reached via the commuter line from the Gare St.-Lazare (Garches / Marnes-la-Coquette stop). It's a short walk from the station
The memorial was dedicated in 1928, and honors the American pilots who served in the famous Lafayette Escadrille (originally N. 124 squadron). It's really quite impressive..
Among the pilots honored here are a number of the original American volunteers of 1914, including Victor Chapman, Kiffin Rockwell, and Paul Pavelka. Chapman & Rockwell, along with fellow 1914 volunteers, William Thaw and Bert Hall, helped form the nucleus of this legendary pursuit squadron.