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Welcome to the American Society of Le Souvenir Français!

We are dedicated to honoring the memories of all the French soldiers and sailors who gave their lives for the cause of freedom and are buried in the United States since 1777.

We are also dedicated to remembering all the French explorers and illustrious immigrants who helped discover the immensity of America and contributed to its greatness.

Join us in our mission to celebrate and perpetuate the multi-secular historic ties that bind France and the United States, unique in the history of nations.

“Bienvenue” to our pages, and “Merci” for your visit!

2023 Petit Prince Card
In the fall of 2023, 80 years after its publication at the height of World War II, Le Petit Prince will return to New York City. A sculpture of the little boy, beloved by readers in more than 500 languages and dialects, will be installed in front of Villa Albertine on Fifth Avenue, across from the Metropolitan Museum. This project by French artist Jean-Marc de Pas was spearheaded by the American Society of Le Souvenir Français and carried out in partnership and with the support of the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation. Although the whimsical traveler is widely known and loved, few are aware that Antoine de Saint-Exupéry conjured the Little Prince into existence in 1943 while in New York City and Long Island, which he left just days before publication. From there, Saint-Exupéry sailed to North Africa with an advance copy in his bag: fifteen months later, he disappeared over the Mediterranean while at the controls of a Lockheed P-38 Lightning during a reconnaissance mission for the U.S. Air Force. Dozens of plaques and statues around the world commemorate the novelist, but there is no such document in Manhattan – yet. Fittingly, the sculpture of The Little Prince will be installed near the front entrance of Villa Albertine’s headquarters, accessible to passers-by of all ages and all backgrounds.
George Washington

"...France and America...
...United, Forever..."
George Washington
Orderly Book
secret countersign
February 6, 1783

Marquis de La Fayette

“The good fortune of America
is closely tied to
the good fortune of all humanity.

Marquis de Lafayette
letter to his wife
June 13, 1777

Our Mission

  • To honor and preserve the memory of French soldiers, sailors and airmen who gave their lives for freedom, and who are buried in the United States.
  • To promote the appreciation for French culture and heritage in the United States, and the ideals that unite our two nations, in order to pass the torch of memory to younger generations.
  • To strengthen the historic long-standing bonds of friendship since 1778 between the American and French peoples, and to this end: erect or maintain memorials and monuments and encourage historical research, public presentations and publications in the media.

The American Society of Le Souvenir Français, Inc. is a 501(c)3 corporation established in 1993 in NY. © 2023 American Society of Le Souvenir Français, Inc