Captain Peal’s story and others like it remind us that in other parts of the world, the sacrifices of American soldiers truly are remembered and appreciated. These stories are the inspiration for France Remembers. The goal of this project, now a year old, was to collect information about all the towns and villages in France that have memorials to fallen American soldiers. A database of all these towns would then be made accessible to anyone who wanted to learn more about the brave men who served in WWII or who perhaps wanted to pay a visit to one of these memorials while traveling in France.
Partnership and Progress
It is with gratitude and pride that we report that our goal will be realized sooner than we had imagined. France Remembers has partnered with a French nonprofit called Memorial Gen Web. This organization is dedicated to documenting “memorials erected in honor of soldiers, civilians, French, as well as those from foreign lands, killed or missing due to war.” It has already documented in its database 8,642 American soldiers from both WWI and WWII, and the number continues to grow.
We are working together with Memorial Gen Web to make this impressive body of work easily accessible to English speakers, and we are expanding it to make it more robust and complete. Currently, fallen soldiers can be searched for using their name or the town in which they are commemorated. There are photos of most of the memorials, and there is biographical information about many of our soldiers.
It is the mission of France Remembers to see that there is biographical information for every soldier in this database. We encourage you to visit , check back often with FranceRemembers.com, and help in any way you can.
It is only with the help of our citizens that we can complete our mission of keeping the memories of our fallen heroes alive.