Merci Trains

On D-Day + 74 years

Remembering a "Merci" to Alabama from the French people

Alabama’s Thank You, or “Merci” boxcar at the foot of the capitol Building in Montgomery, 1949   The Merci Train, also known as the French Gratitude Train or the Forty and Eight, included 49 boxcars filled with “gifts of gratitude”. It arrived in New York City on February 3, 1949 and was divided among  the 48 states with the remaining…