Flame of Liberty / Flamme de la Liberté (Paris)
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dorcadion Team
N 48° 51.851 E 002° 18.052
31U E 448724 N 5412593
Quick Description: "Flame of Liberty" - it is gold plated replica of the one atop the Statue of Liberty's torch. The Flame was placed here in 1987 on the centenary of the International Herald Tribune newspaper as a symbol of friendship between France and the USA.
Location: Île-de-France, France
Date Posted: 11/10/2013 10:29:55 AM
Waymark Code: WMJF49
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
Views: 44

Long Description:

"Flame of Liberty" - it is gold plated replica of the one atop the Statue of Liberty's torch. The Flame was placed here in 1987 on the centenary of the International Herald Tribune newspaper as a symbol of friendship between France and the USA.

On the base of the monument, a commemorative plaque recounts the following story:

"The Flame of Liberty. An exact replica of the Statue of Liberty's flame offered to the people of France by donors throughout the world as a symbol of the Franco-American friendship. On the occasion of the centennial of the International Herald Tribune. Paris 1887-1987."

In August 1997 in the underpass parallel to the Seine, Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car accident, with her partner Dodi Fayed, and their chauffeur. The bronze "Flame of Liberty" became something of a memorial to Diana and was decorated with flowers, photographs, graffiti and personal notes for almost five years. "Flame of Liberty" was renovated and cleaned in 2002 and, this being the age of short (or no) memories, there are no longer any reminders of the tragedy that happened so close by and had so much of the Western world in grief at the time.

Country or International City that Gave the Gift: USA

Country or International City that Received the Gift: Paris, France

Website Verifying this Item as a Gift from Another Country or International City: [Web Link]

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