I will never forget watching this American speak to the lost soldiers on the beaches of Normandy. Today we honor those who lost their lives, au champs d'honneur.
: jour des soldats morts au champ d'honneur
(day of commemoration of soldiers who were killed in action)
Le Memorial Day est un jour de congé officiel aux États-Unis, célébré chaque année lors du dernier lundi du mois de mai. Historiquement, il était nommé Decoration Day, en l'honneur des femmes et hommes qui perdirent leur vie durant la guerre de Sécession. (Wikipedia)
Memorial Day is an official holiday in the United States, observed each year on the last Monday of May. Historically, it was called Decoration Day, in honor of women and men who lost their lives during the American Civil war.
A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE... by Kristin Espinasse
On La Fête des Mères, yesterday, we were gathered round the picnic table, eating barbequed moules, salmon, and aubergines, when the irony of it all hit me. Mothers Day in France is the day before Memorial Day in the States.
I looked over at my 19-year-old son, amazed. Thank God we've never known the draft.
Mothers Day was never more meaningful--celebrated the day before remembrance day. So much to be grateful for: my son, freedom, and most of all those who fought for it.
On this day we often hear the free citoyens promise: "We will never forget." Let's remember, now, by honoring those who lost their lives, les soldats morts au 'champ d'honneur.'
Thankful for his freedom. Our then 16-year-old son, Max, during his French recensement militaire, or military duty.
Sacrifice. Courage. A soldier remembers:
"I started out to cross the beach with 35 men and only six got to the top, that's all." --2nd LT Bob Edlin
J'ai commencé la traversée de la plage avec trente-six hommes, six seulement sont arrivés en haut des falaises.
The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is one of many American cemeteries in France. To comment, click here.
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