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Memorial Day; France and America — 15 Comments

  1. What a lovely post. I hope someday I can come to France and see these things myself.

  2. That’s beautiful! I would never have guessed that French people are still honoring the WWII soldiers. What a perfect way to honor Memorial Day, Katie. Thank you.

  3. I am very touched by your post~the ultimate sacrifice………I am always taken back at the honor so many of the French still display for our fallen heros-I would expect no less from the wonderful citizens of France~

  4. My husband and I were surprised and humbled by the many, many memorials to both French patriots and American soldiers that we encountered during our stay in France.
    Thanks so much, Katie, for telling this story. I hope to see this memorial in person some day.

  5. There’s a place like this somewhere on the Larzac plateau, kind of off the freeway so it has never been very convenient to stop. Next time I’ll have to.
    Thanks for sharing this.

  6. The Europeans spent so much time cleaning up the mess of WWII that they didn’t have time to move on to sock hops and drive in movies. I really appreciate the quiet dignity of the veterans of that tragic war and the civilians who lived under the very real threat of death. I feel very bad that this great generation is slowly leaving us, but the bigger tragedy would be to forget their contributions.
    Great post!

  7. I don’t think that Europeans – especially Germans – spent so much time cleaning up the mess of WWII. I know the (my?) history and I think of all the contributions. Otherwise I wont’t (may) comment here!
    But another theme: The second batch is gone, I missed you!

  8. Thanks, Kalyn, I hope you can, too!
    Lisa,Jann, Christine, everyone I’ve met in Europe remembers it all too well, different memories from each country, and all sad.
    Betty, We miss a lot because of the wonderful French motorways. We wouldn’t have found this if we hadn’t been looking for a quiet lane to walk the dogs.
    You are so right, Paul. A lot of the Brits I meet still talk about rationing well into the 50’s and early 60’s. They couldn’t risk the socks!
    Ulrike, I missed the second one too?!?!?
    Thanks, P.N.

  9. A vet from WWII, my father at 91 now makes a trip to England and France almost every year in the spring to take part in some commemorative ceremony. Our visits to the Frence country side have found similar memorials.
    Thanks for this one.

  10. That was a beautiful post! I loved the photos–and the one with the path actaully reminded me of a lovely place we camped on in Door County, Wisconsin years ago.

  11. Thanks Truffle,
    Tanna, how great that your father can still do that!
    sher, it looks a lot like Wisconsin around here.
    Thanks, Vanessa

  12. There is a strong connection between France and the United States. Go there and you will see. It is such a beautiful country.