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These Otherworldly Memorials Commemorate Famous UFO Incidents in Europe

For those who claim to have had close-encounters with landed UFO craft over the decades, experiences of this sort are recognized as having long-lasting effects on witnesses. Sometimes there are physical changes that occur, which may affect the health of an individual, or even present some residual presence on the environment, which suggests a physical interaction that had taken place.

Occasionally, the broader influence of these kinds of incidents may go well beyond even what the witness experienced, or what was found there afterward. Staking their claim in the histories of the places where they occurred, some UFO incidents have left such a lasting impression that they have been made into memorial sites, as tributes built in their memory.

Perhaps the most famous commemorative sites relating to purported UFO landings is the “UFO Trail” near Suffolk, England, which remembers the famous Rendlesham Forest Incident. The trail is befitted with triangular signs, no doubt an artistic touch that was intended as nod to the triangular or pyramid-shaped craft observed there over the course of several nights in December, 1980.

UFO trail

In Scotland, a similar memorial commemorates the purported “attack” of a man named Robert Taylor, who  one year prior to the Rendlesham incident, claimed to have observed the landing of an unusual aircraft at Dechmont Law in Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland in November, 1979. Taylor was a forestry worker at the time, and said a pair of objects that emerged from the landed UFO attempted to drag him on board the craft; he later returned home appearing disheveled, and complained to his wife that he had been attacked. Taylor’s story is further detailed in the video below:

Other locations may present less convincing circumstances, despite the memorials that exist there. On May 18, 1946, roughly coinciding with the beginning of Sweden’s “ghost rocket” wave that year, a Swedish businessman Gösta Carlsson claimed to have observed a UFO land near a forested area of Kronoskogen, outside Ängelholm. Researcher Clas Svahn, who studied the incident in-depth (and even authored a book with Carlsson on the case), later reported that no evidence seemed to exist that could substantiate Carlsson’s sighting.


The Ängelholm UFO memorial site.

One of the most peculiar alleged close encounters that would eventually be commemorated with a landmark at the location occurred near Emilicin, Poland, on May 10, 1978. Farmer Jan Wolski was driving a horse-drawn carriage near his home when he observed an elongated, bus-sized aircraft hovering several feet off the ground, which somewhat resembled an Airstream luxury trailer with peculiar external fittings. A number of smallish individuals appeared around Wolski, who joined him on his cart and directed him toward the object. Strangely, Wolski had mistaken them for being “foreigners” due to the language they spoke, and despite the apparent greenish coloration of their faces, which bore peculiar, slanted eyes. Once they reached the object over the field, Wolski was taken aboard, and advised to disrobe, at which time an examination by two objects resembling plates or “saucers”. After this unusual examination, Wolski was allowed to dress, and was offered to partake in an unusual meal with the “creatures” ow what resembled icicles.


Wolski returned to the location later that day with his sons, and a few of his neighbors, but by that time the unusual “craft” had vanished, though evidence of grass nearby that was “trodden down covered with dew and paths coming in all directions” could still be observed. Today, a memorial that exists there commemorate’s Wolski’s unusual experience, stating that, “On 10 May 1978 in Emilcin a UFO object landed. The truth will astonish us in the future”.

Whether or not any “astonishing” future truths are yet to be afforded us is anyone’s guess. However, the stories of these unusual UFO events have indeed been preserved for future generations, thanks to the work of a handful in our midst that are dedicated to understanding, and preserving the history of the ongoing UFO mystery.


Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. In addition to writing, Micah hosts the Middle Theory and Gralien Report podcasts.
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