Alliance Francaise to celebrate Rochambeau Monument completion and 75th Anniversary of D-Day

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The Alliance Française of Newport will celebrate the completion of the Restoration of The Rochambeau Monument on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at King Park.

AFN will also be celebrating the special bond between the people of France and The United States over the centuries on this day, the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.

The Alliance Française of Newport made a commitment to raise $250,000 to restore The Rochambeau Monument in King Park in Newport. Because of the outstanding leadership of its members and the generous financial support of the community, the goal has been met: The Restoration is complete.

The Artillery Company of Newport will provide a Color Guard and two of their historic cannon. Le Regiment de Bourbonnais will be represented as well as members of the W3R. Two World War II veterans, including a French Legion of Honor member, will assist with a wreath-laying ceremony.

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The event is free and open to the public. The Alliance Française of Newport has been part of an international organization for more than 65 years dedicated to the study of the French language and to promoting cultural exchange.  Members of the AFN participate in conversation groups, art gallery and museum events and lectures about French culture and history.

For more information, visit alliancefrancaisenewportri.org.

The Rochambeau Monument

The Rochambeau Monument is a cultural treasure with significance for both French and American people. It deserved to be restored and to once again stand as a symbol of freedom and of the longstanding and close relationship between France and the United States.

The Rochambeau Monument was commissioned by A. Kingsley Macomber and was given to the City of Newport in 1933. The statue is a replica of the original at Vendome, Rochambeau’s ancestral home.The Rochambeau Monument is a cultural treasure with significance for both French and American people. It deserved to be restored and to once again stand as a symbol of freedom and of the longstanding and close relationship between France and the United States.

The Rochambeau Monument is owned by the City of Newport.   The Monument consists of a bronze statue of General Rochambeau and a Pyramid which lists names of those brave individuals who were vital to securing American liberty in the Revolutionary War.

The Pyramid section of The Rochambeau Monument was constructed of stone blocks. The stone blocks were crumbling as a result of age and sea water used in construction. In the interest of safety, The City of Newport reinforced the stone blocks with timbers, obscuring the names of those honored by The Rochambeau Monument. The Pyramid was dismantled and rebuilt block by block.

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