Memorial Day: May we never forget the bravery of the fallen soldiers [fr]
Ten days before the 75th anniversary of the longest day, the Consul General of France, Clément Leclerc, participated in the commemorative ceremony on May 27, 2019 at Woodlawn Cemetery organized in the presence of the Lieutenant-Governor, Jeanette Nuñez and the Admiral Craig Faller, Commander of the U.S. Southern Command.
The celebration of Memorial Day has "a special significance this year for the French community", said Clément Leclerc during the event, "since in a few days France and the United States will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day, the day of the Allied landing on the beaches of Normandy".
In the presence of many veterans of the Second World War, including several from Florida, a dozen heads of state and government, including the French and American presidents, will gather in Normandy next week.
"Together, the President of the French Republic and the President of the United States will pay tribute to the thousands of American soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice to liberate France and Europe," the Consul General added.
"In France, children are learning the code names of the beaches, what was done by the 2nd Ranger Battalion at Pointe du Hoc and the many other heroic actions that took place during Operation Overlord."
To close his speech, Mr. Leclerc said, "May we never forget the bravery of all the soldiers who fell in 1944 and the strength of their commitment to the values that define our countries".