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History and Emotion
(La République du Centre - December 22nd 1998)

James Fore, Maurice Duval & Christian Levaufre
An American Pilot meets his saviours
again, 54 years later

A member of our Association, Christian Levaufre, after spending more than two years in inquiries, finds out the American pilot brought down in July 44, and arranges a meeting with the Frenchman who concealed him.

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Henri Levaufre
Henri Levaufre, President of the AssociationHe is the living memory of the 90th Infantry Division that liberated Périers in 1944.

On June 5th 1994, he gathered in Périers, in a same ceremony American, German and French Veterans.

Because of his action in favor of History and Peace, he has been honored many times since 1971, especially with the highest decoration the American army can present to a civilian.

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Patrick Cottencin
French sculptor, born in 1953 - lives and work near Paris and in Normandy.

Patrick Cottencin exhibits in France and neighboring countries.


Patrick Cottencin appears to be the one owing the required qualities to create the imposing work, in the mind of what we are looking for. With a full involvement in our reflection, Patrick Cottencin brought us his professional skill and artistic feeling.

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Credits and Acknowledgement

The Normandy 44 Board of Directors wishes to thank more specially :

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Useful Links
If you are aware of sites sharing the same centres of interest, let us know them !

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The Guest Book
Any person in good faith may let, if he wants to, a message in our Guest Book, which will be at visitors' disposal in the working loft, and later inside the Memorial. The most significant pages, written down before the inauguration, might join the list of donors, into the capsule that will be sealed inside of the Monument.
If you are a distant friend, send us your message by postal or electronic mail, and we will give it a due place.
The most significant extracts will be reproduced onto this web site, with the authorization of their writer. (

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The Information Brochure
This high quality leaflet, realized by the artist Patrick Cottencin, and printed at 2500 copies in French language and 2500 more copies in English language, will be widely distributed to general public, business companies, administrations and every concerned organization.

It will also be typically handed over to all the towns and cities owing their liberation to the 90th US Division, so that they get informed, as broadly as possible, of the goals aimed at by our Association.

The attached Subscription Form may be returned by the donors to the Association. May we remind you that donations exceeding 100 Francs will be backed by a receipt, thus allowing a tax deduction, within legal limits.

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Freedom Trail Bicycle Tour
Bike Ride along Patton Trail, Leclerc Trail, Trail to Peace

Start of the Freedom Trail Bicycle Tour
Périers 1994 - Photo P. Guillard

Our friend and fellow citizen Pierre Guillard chairs the Association of the Freedom Trail Friends (Association des Amis de la Voie de la Liberté) since its settlement on November 18th 1985. This Association gather about thirty people who, in a voluntary manner, intend to revive History through Sport, by having each year some 500 cyclists ride the roads of France, in order to induce currents of friendship between peoples.

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Périers Country
Located in the middle of Manche area, Périers Country is a rural zone, both wealthy and fragile, a land of contrasts in the depths of bocage and swamps. It is also an history marked area, from Romans till Americans in 1944.

Sites in Périers Country (2600 inhabitants) :

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