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Monument aux Pigeons Voyageurs

Monument to the dead (LILLE)

At the entrance to Lille Zoo stands a memorial 'to the 20,000 pigeons who died for their country' and 'to the pigeon fanciers who were executed by the enemy' for having kept them. Carrier pigeons played an important role during the Great War and one was even awarded the prestigious Ordre de la Nation for its services at Verdun. Today, radio waves may have replaced wings when it comes to sending messages in times of war but pigeon fancying remains a popular sport in Northern France.