The World War II Dartmouth Monument is located in the Royal Avenue Gardens park in Dartmouth, United Kingdom. This monument, a granite “memory stone,” is etched with a historical tribute to America’s armed forces and our Allied comrades.
Allied forces launched the liberation of Europe from ports all along the northern shores of the English Channel. Dartmouth was roughly in the middle of the sector used by American forces. It was transformed into a major logistical center, and served as a training base as well as a port of embarkation. The D-Day landings on June 6, 1944 marked a turning point in the war. In the following days, weeks and months hundreds of thousands of troops and millions of tons of supplies moved across the English Channel. Dartmouth remained an ideal jumping off point to transport troops and supplies to the continent, especially after the liberation of the port of Cherbourg.
This monument marks the importance Dartmouth and ports like it played in carrying the battle to the enemy, ultimately overthrowing the grip of Nazi tyranny. It further commemorates the enduring bonds between the United Kingdom and United States. The monument reads:
The United States of America honors the courage, sacrifice and achievements
of the American armed forces who, with their allied comrades,
prepared for and launched the liberation of Europe from these shores.
Embattled in the face of Nazi tyranny, Great Britain became a sturdy platform
as the Allies carried the fight to the enemy, landing in France on 6 June 1944.
Hundreds of thousands of Americans and millions of tons of supplies moved through
Great Britain as the United States and its Allies defended the island, trained and
prepared, and then went over to the offensive.
The Allies forged ahead with ever increasing strength and confidence,
securing the blessings of freedom and liberty for generations yet unborn.
This memorial further commemorates the enduring bonds between
the United Kingdom and the United States,
and their shared sacrifices during peace and war
serving the cause of justice.
Dedicated on June 6, 2017 this monument is the 28th managed by ABMC. On the same day, a marker was dedicated at the Britannia Royal Naval College to commemorate the U.S. XI Amphibious Force headquartered in that building during World War II.
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The Dartmouth Monument is located in the Royal Avenue Gardens park in Dartmouth, United Kingdom.
Travel Via Car
Traveling south, take the M5 towards Exeter then the Devon Expy/A38 towards Plymouth. Continue on the Devon Expy/A38, and take A3122 to N Embankment/B3205 in Dartmouth to reach the Royal Avenue Gardens park.
Travel Via Train
Traveling from London or Birmingham, take the train to Totnes, which is about 12 miles from Dartmouth. Then travel by bus, taxi, car or boat to arrive in Dartmouth.
Travel via Airplane
For transatlantic flights, London is about 200 miles from Dartmouth. For local flights, Exeter Regional Airport is about 45 miles from Dartmouth.
Travel via Public Transportation
There are two ferries available between Dartmouth and Kingswear that run seven days a week. For travel via bus, get off at the Pontoon stop, which is located less than 500 feet from the park entrance.
Hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts are all available in the area.
News & Events
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