The Iron Mike memorial is a statue of an American paratrooper. It is named after St Michael, a saint of the Airborne. The memorial is a replica of the one at the U.S. Army Infantry School in Fort Benning USA. The Iron Mike memorial was unveiled on June 7, 1997 by Major-General Kellogg, commander of the 82nd Airborne who made a jump with his men that day out of a plane.

The following text can be found in English and French on the memorial:
Iron Mike
A grateful tribute to American Airborne soldiers or "D-Day"
6 June 1944 to 7 June 1997


Right next to the monument stands another monument in the form of an open book with the following text:
To pass on the memory,
to remind that today
We live in peace,
Freedom, dignity and
Because others
gave their life for the U.S.


On the other side of Iron Mike is a bronze table with a drawing of the battle in this area.

In addition to these locations are other sights to see, such as the 82nd Airborne monuments, the monument to Medal of Honor recipient PFC Charles DeGlopper and the fox hole of General Gavin.

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Source

  • Text: Ewoud van Eig
  • Photos: Randy Brandt (1) & Ewoud van Eig (2-5)