The "Sacred Way" was the only road between the front line at Verdun and Bar-le-Duc in the rear. As such, it was a vital logistical corridor. For ten months, almost 2,400,000 men and thousands of tonnes of munitions and equipment passed along it, day and night. It was the author Maurice Barrès who named it the "Sacred Way". Nowadays, the RD1916 road is lined with commemorative stones set out every kilometre along its course. The stones are topped with a soldier's helmet
Sacred Way monument and memorial at the hamlet of Moulin-Brûlé.