During the four years of war, the population of Châlons suffered numerous bombardments and the town was heavily impacted by the conflict.
To find out more about the life of the people of Châlons during these four years, check out our heritage brochure: Parcours 14-18, Châlons during the Great War.
The Plaque of the Unknown American Soldier: In 1920, the President of the French Republic, Raymond Poincaré, presented the Mayor of Châlons, Joseph Servas, with a Croix de Guerre as a tribute to the suffering experienced and to commemorate the First World War.
The following year, the Americans decided to honour an unidentified American soldier who died on French soil.
The plaque of the unknown American soldier is on display in the entrance hall to the Hôtel de Ville.