90th Division Reunion — Little Rock, Arkansas 2002
90th Division Monument
Dedicated August 31, 2002 at the 84th Annual 90th Division Reunion in North Little Rock, Arkansas. This monument is a replica of the 90th Infantry Division Memorial on Utah Beach, Normandy, France.
(L-R) Henri Levaufre and Britt Taylor Collins The reunion featured the dedication of the Henri Levaufre Heritage Center and the 90th Div. Heritage Mural in background by artist Collins.
The Henri Levaufre Heritage Education Center
Dedicated August 31st, 2002
Located at Headquarters, 90th Regional Support Command at Camp Pike in North Little Rock, Ark, the Education Center depicts and interprets ths history and heritage of the 90th Infantry Division from its activation in 1917 to the present. The center also serves as a permanent repository of documents, artifacts and photographs of the history of the Tough 'Ombres.
The center is named for Henri Levaufre, a resident of Periers, France. He was a young teenager when the Tough 'Ombres liberated his hometown as part of the Allied fight for Normandy. Fueled by an intense curiousity about the men who risked and lost their lives to free his family from the Germans, Levaufre has spent more than three decades gathering information about the 90th and getting to know the men who wore the Tough 'Ombre patch into the hedgerow country surrounding Periers.
Over half the exhibit space is devoted to the 90th Division's major campaigns in WWII after their activation at Camp Barkeley, Texas. Text, photographs and artifacts trace the division from the landing on Utah Beach through all the campaigns and battles including Hill 122, the hedgerows in Normandy, the breakout and closing of the Falaise Gap, crossing of the Moselle and Rhine Rivers, the Battle of the Bulge, and the final drive across Germany that ended in Czechoslovakia.
90th Division Heritage Mural
Artist Britt Taylor Collins produced this mural depicting the history and heritage of the Tough 'Ombres from the 90th Division. Entitled "We Know the Price of Freedom," the mural is a visual recounting of the 90th's history from World War I to the present. The mural depicts fifteen life-sized soldiers from a doughboy to modern day reserve soldier currently serving in Afghanistan. It is located in the main lobby of the 90th Regional Support Command at Camp Pike, North Little Rock, Arkansas. Click here to visit Britt Taylor Collins' web site www.britttaylorcollins.com