The American monument, La Liberté éplorée, Frederick MacMonnies, sculptor. Meaux, France. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
The monument was a gift from American Friends of France and was dedicated in ceremony in Meaux in 1932, to the Great War, the Battle of the Marne, in September, 1914. At 7 stories high the monument depicts a nude woman whose son, died in battle, lies draped over her knee. Behind, on the right, a second set of figures consists of another man, lying on his back and a woman kneeling, taking him in her arms. The main character, wears a Phrygian cap, a symbol of France and freedom. He holds in his right hand a broken sword, in his left arm banners and flags, surmounted by a cock and lilies draped around his right arm. The inscription on the monument reads:
"Here speak again the silent voices of heroic sons of France who dared all and gave all in the day of deadly peril, turned back the flood of imminent disaster and thrilled the world by their supreme devotion."