July 26-28, 2018

Join other Alabamians in France for three days of guided activities to discover, experience, and commemorate Alabama’s contribution to World War One. 


Wednesday, July 25: Arrive to Château-Thierry, France

A small block of rooms is available at Hotel Ibis Château-Thierry at a very reasonable rate.  


Thursday, July 26: Tour of ABMC Aisne Marne Cemetery, Belleau Wood Marine Memorial & Chateau-Thierry American Memorial

Visit one of the battlefields that shaped Alabama writer William March’s experience, resulting in the novel Company K, an American classic on the experience of war. 


Friday, July 27:  Visit to the Musée de la Grande Guerre in Meaux

Only a 45-minute drive from Château-Thierry, the Great War Museum in Meaux opened in 2011 to incredible reviews.  The day will include presentations from Alabamians on Alabama and the Great War; a presentation of a Croix Rouge Farm Memorial maquette to the museum; and a battlefield and monument tour. 


Saturday, July 28: Centennial Commemoration of the Battle of Croix Rouge Farm

10 a.m.: American Centennial Commemoration of the Second Battle of the Marne, ABMC Aisne-Marne Cemetery lead by 42nd division.

Bivouac on the Square: Fère-en-Tardenois

3 p.m.: Attend a ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Croix Rouge Farm, where Alabamians in the 167thregiment of the famed 42nd Rainbow Division fought with distinction and success in the face of machine guns, artillery shells, and poison gas.

5 p.m.: Concert at Croix Rouge Farm


The trip is coordinated by Dr. Mark Wilson, Auburn University, and Dr. Ruth Truss, University of Montevallo; with assistance from Dr. Monique Seefried, United States World War One Centennial Commission.

All reservations, expenses, and transportation will be on-your-own, but for those who would prefer not to drive a rental car, we will work to coordinate a carpool from the hotel for each of the three days of activities.