The Soldier Waits

Catherine C.  Turner

Joined January 2008

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In the attic room of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, is this bronze soldier statue who is in front of a wall of bronze palms that are tributes to the memory of the Unknown Soldier who lies buried under the arc.

Since I don’t have any further info about this bronze statue or the palms, here is a brief description about France’s Unknown Soldier:

The idea of honouring one soldier, symbolising all those who died for their country at the front, arose in 1916 during the First World War. Shortly after the Armistice, France’s chamber of deputies and Senate unanimously voted to bring the mortal remains of an unidentified soldier into the Pantheon, but veterans associations rejected this choice, preferring this emblematic death to be honoured a the Arc de Triomphe instead.

You may also like to view Wikipedia’s entry about Tombs of the Unknown Soldier worldwide.


This picture means a lot to me, I have a strong family history with the military and was visiting the Arc de Trimophe with my husband in March 08, on his leave from an Army deployment.

N.B. The feature logo was prepared by myself but inspired by a design originally done by Natalie Perkins

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