The circuit of remembrance
The Wellington quarry, the Chemin des Dames, the Museum of the Battle of Fromelles ... The Hauts-de-France are full of places dedicated to the memory of the conflicts that have touched France since the 19th century, and these have attracted more public in recent years. For example, the Canadian Vimy Memorial welcomed 174,200 visitors in 2018, while the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette national necropolis near Lens received 275,000 in the same year; figures that reflect the growing popularity of memorial sites in recent years.
Sites of memory can concern different contemporary conflicts: conflict of 1870, World War I, World War II, wars of Indochina or Algeria ... Crossed by the front line of 14-18, the Hauts-de-France are populated with many places of memory dedicated to the Great War.