L'Ecole Polytechnique Monument

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L'Ecole Polytechnique Monument
United States Military Academy
L'Ecole Polytechnique Monument, West Point, NY.JPG
L'Ecole Polytechnique Monument, Central Area, West Point
Used for those deceased
Unveiled 1919
Location 41°23′28.12″N 73°57′25.89″W / 41.3911444°N 73.9571917°W / 41.3911444; -73.9571917Coordinates: 41°23′28.12″N 73°57′25.89″W / 41.3911444°N 73.9571917°W / 41.3911444; -73.9571917
near Highland Falls, NY
Total commemorated
French Cadets who died in defense of France and brotherhood in arms with the cadets of West Point
Burials by nation

L'Ecole Polytechnique Monument is a statue and monument located at the United States Military Academy. It is a replica of a statue at École Polytechnique that commemorates the cadets of that French school who died in defense of France in 1814. In 1919, in the wake of Franco-American cooperation in the First World War, an association of alumni of the École Polytechnique presented a full-size casting of the statue to West Point as a symbol of brotherhood between the two nations and schools.[1][dead link]

First year cadets (plebes) are required to know the four "mistakes on the French Monument": the curved saber but straight scabbard; the flag blowing one direction, the coat tails the other; and the cannonballs too large for bore of the cannon.[2] The monument was once located on the edge of the Plain, but has now been moved inside the cadet Central Area and is off limits to non-academy personnel.


  1. ^ "Tour of West Point (Slide 9 of 14)". USMA.edu. Retrieved January 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ Hulse, Glenn (1994). Bugle Notes 1994. State College, PA: Jostens Publishing. pp. 171, 254–255.