Remembrance Day

World War One ended on the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour years ago today.  At the same moment the US celebrates Veteran’s Day, France honors its First World War dead and all those who have died for France.  While the cameras all focus on Paris and President Hollande, I think the simple ceremonies taking place in villages all over the country are just as moving.  The proof, if you will, that people still remember and honor their dead wherever the fell and wherever they came from.  This morning at 11 o’clock, we joined with others in one such commemoration.  We were not the only family present, ours were not the only children standing outside the church and while the majority of the veterans were older, the small crowd was mixed in age and gender.  Three short speeches, one minute of silence for all those who died for their country–a simple ceremony in honor of those men and women who have fought for France over the years from the World Wars to today’s combat in Afghanistan.  As new generations give their lives for freedom, the refrain continues–never forget.

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