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The French People have always cherished and valued the tradition of friendship and alliance between France and the United States, which dates back 225 years.
Whatever circumstances and differences of views this friendship might have gone through, we want to reaffirm strongly this profound feeling. We cannot, do not, and will not ever forget the ultimate sacrifice American heroes made during the two World Wars to liberate France. To show our gratitude and demonstrate again this feeling, we have launched an unprecedented initiative, a symbolic gesture to lay by July 4 a red rose on each and every one of the 60,511 graves and 11 Missing In Action monuments of Americans fallen in France during World Wars I & II.

July 4, the anniversary date of the independence of the United States, is also an historic date for France. France supported the American Revolution and was the first country to recognize America's independence. This year also marks the 225th anniversary of the 1778 treaty of friendship between our two nations.

This grassroots initiative met with immediate enthusiasm from French associations and organizations throughout the United States and France. One of them particularly worth mentioning is Les Fleurs de la Memoire (The Flowers of Memory), which was created three years ago and already counts several thousand French families among its membership. The organization's sole mission, to which members commit in writing, is that at least once a year during their lifetime and that of their children they will lay a flower on the grave of an American fallen in France.

This demonstrates yet again the deep feelings of friendship that unite the French and American peoples, a friendship that has and will always survive the passage of time. As President Roosevelt said, "There are no two nations more united by history and mutual friendship than the People of France and the People of the United States of America."

The Committee US
Jean-Pierre Heim, Paul Bensabat, Patrick du Tertre, Christian Millet
co-Presidents and founders


The French Committee
Jean Pierre Heim, Anne Colombe de la Taille ? Emmanuel de la Taille,
Olivier Brane , Jacque Noel Bilet

Certificate of incorporation, click here

comittee

Co-Presidents

Jean-Pierre HEIM
Paul BENSABAT
Patrick DU TERTRE
Christian MILLET

Press

2004 July 4th Roses
Anne-Colombe DE LA TAILLE
Emmanuel DE LA TAILLE

President Franklin D.Roosevelt's message to the french people

My friends, who suffer day and night, under the crushing yoke of the Nazis, I speak to you as one who was with your Army and Navy in France in 1918. I have held all my life the deepest friendship for the French people-for the entire French people. I retain and cherish the friendship of hundreds of French people in France and outside of France. I know your farms, your villages, and your cities. I know your soldiers, professors, and workmen. I know what a precious heritage of the French people are your homes, your culture, and the principles of democracy in France. I salute again and reiterate my faith in Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. No two Nations exist which are more united by historic and mutually friendly ties than the people of France and the United States.
Americans, with the assistance of the United Nations, are striving for their own safe future as well as the restoration of the ideals, the liberties, and the democracy of all those who have lived under the Tricolor.
We come among you to repulse the cruel invaders who would remove forever your rights of self-government, your rights to religious freedom, and your rights to live your own lives in peace and security.
We come among you solely to defeat and rout your enemies. Have faith in our words. We do not want to cause you any harm.
We assure you that once the menace of Germany and Italy is removed from you, we shall quit your territory at once.
I am appealing to your realism, to your self-interest and national ideals.
Do not obstruct, I beg of you, this great purpose.
Help us where you are able, my friends, and we shall see again the glorious day when liberty and peace shall reign again on earth.
Vive la France eternelle!

2003 4th of July

This grassroots initiative met with immediate enthusiasm from French associations and organizations throughout the United States and France.

One of them particularly worth mentioning is Les Fleurs de la Memoire (The Flowers of Memory), which was created three years ago and already counts several thousand French families among its membership.

The organization's sole mission, to which members commit in writing, is that at least once a year during their lifetime and that of their children they will lay a flower on the grave of an American fallen in France.

Testimonies

Under threatening skies, more than 100 grammar school children walked from their respective schools in Saint James to the cemetery, arriving at the gate behind the Cenotaph. They assembled on the stairs in front of the Memorial where they joined the veterans and Scouts. After a brief explanation they followed the veterans to the plot areas where employees, pre-positioned by the buckets of roses would assist all. Like a well-oiled machine all graves and WOM were flowered in forty minutes. After some parting pictures by the Cenotaph the children walked back to town.
It was a memorable moment for all including the employees. One teacher came and related he had heard a number of the children actually talk to headstones. The duty of remembrance will surely be accomplished.

Jacques R. Adelée
Superintendent

I am an American who knows that the French American friendship can not be erased by words. Feelings go much deeper than that.
Your gesture says more than words can ever hope to say.
Thank you "

Don Wright
Director of Logistics, The American Battle Monuments Commission European Region

Embassy of the United States of America
Paris
AMBASSADOR, Howard H. LEACH
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News

 

A.P: France Remembers U.S. on Independence Day

… The sweetest - and perhaps most powerful - message came far from the hustle and bustle of urban tourist haunts.

In simple ceremonies at military cemeteries, men, women and children placed a simple red rose at each of the 60,511 graves of U.S. soldiers who died fighting on French soil in the two world wars. The tribute began Thursday at the huge D-Day cemetery in Normandy and continued Friday at smaller burial sites in France.

"It's like a family. There are conflicts, but in the end one remains a family. You stay together," said Anne-Colombe de La Taille, who helped organize the grass roots initiative.

… An open letter, signed by myriad groups, from friendship clubs to businesses, schools and culinary associations, notes French support during the War of Independence in which the Marquis de Lafayette, prominent at the start of the French Revolution, played a role.
The letter is entitled, "The French Will Never Forget," recalling the height of bitterness between Paris and Washington over Iraq when some Americans implied that France was betraying U.S. soldiers killed for France.

 

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2004 Brochure

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June 5th 2004, US veterans in Paris

honored "de la Légion d'Honneur" at France Amériques, Paris.

2005 Sens



Mme Anh-Dao Traxel, fille adoptive de Jacques Chirac,
Présidente de l'étoile européenne du dévouement civil
et militaire, Mr Emmanuel Traxel, Mr Jean-Pierre Heim.

2005 Légion d'honneur

LA FRANCE HONORE DES VETERANS AMERICAINS DE LA SECONDE GUERRE MONDIALE
Deux d’entre eux seront décorés de la Légion d’Honneur par le Ministre de la défense, Michèle Alliot-Marie

 

Le Troisième Escadron Radio Mobile (G) était une unité d’élite de captage de communications ennemies, dont le rôle était d’espionner et de décoder les transmissions allemandes. Les messages qu’ils ont ainsi obtenus ont joué un rôle absolument essentiel dans plusieurs victoires alliées. Pourtant, ce n’est que récemment que l’importance stratégique de cet escadron fut enfin révèlée, lorsque l’Agence Américaine de Sécurité Nationale (NSA) a enfin sorti du secret certains documents.

Le 10 Mai 2005, la France rendra hommage à ces vétérans américains et aux sacrifices qu’ils ont fait pour la France il y a soixante ans. Deux des vétérans, Arnold Franco et Albert Gruber, recevront la Légion d'Honneur des mains du Ministre de la Défense, Michèle Alliot-Marie.

Les quelques membres de l’escadron qui peuvent encore voyager viendront à Paris. Ce sera aussi la première réunion de l’escadron, et ils pourront enfin parler de ces messages précédemment tenus secrets. Ils seront emmenés par Arnold Franco, lui-même membre de l’escadron, auteur du “Code to Victory”, ancien président des Amis Américains de l’Alliance Israélite Universelle, et partisan actif de l’amitié franco-américaine. Les vétérans et leur familles seront logés dans des hôtels 5 étoiles, compliments des hôtels Bristol et Le Sofitel Faubourg. Ils assisteront à diverses cérémonies commémoratives et visiteront le cimetière américain de St Laurent en Normandie, ou ils rendront hommage à un camarade enterré là le 9 Juin 1944.

Le projet est organisé par The French Will Never Forget (FWNF), une initiative de la communauté française, qui a également organisé le très populaire évènement des Roses du 4 Juillet en 2003 (voir ci-dessous).

A propos du groupe The French Will Never Forget.com:
(www.thefrenchwillneverforget.com)
Cette initiative communautaire a été lancée en 2003 pour mettre en valeur le fait que le peuple français sera toujours reconnaissant au peuple américain pour les sacrifices qu’il a fait durant la seconde guerre mondiale pour la libération de la France ; son objectif est également de montrer que l’amitié entre ces deux peuples demeure l’une des plus fortes au monde. Tous les fonds pour mener à bien cette initiative ont été collectés auprès d’individus, d’associations et d’entreprises de la communauté française.
En 2003, FWNF a organisé le fameux évènement des Roses du 4 Juillet, un évènement rapporté par la quasi totalité des grandes chaînes de télévision américaines, et de nombreux autres medias aux USA et en Europe. Des centaines d’enfants et d’adultes déposèrent une rose rouge sur chacune des 60,511 tombes des soldats américains ayant fait le sacrifice suprême en France pendant les deux guerres.

L’année dernière, FWNF fut également l’un des organisateurs d’un voyage emmenant 100 vétérans américains en France pour se faire décorer de la Légion d’Honneur, à l’occasion du 60e anniversaire du débarquement.

2006 Légion d'honneur photos

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2007- Omaha Beach

A “HUMAN CHAIN” OF GRATITUDE

A TRIBUTE TO AMERICA ON OMAHA BEACH
Saturday, June 30th 2007


 

 

 

 

In the spirit of our mission statement, “The French Will Never Forget” (a not for profit organization) is launching a new project scheduled for Independence Day 2007.

Our goal is, once again, to demonstrate the deep respect and gratitude of the people of France for America's sacrifices during the Second World War.

Given the very large size of this massive endeavor, we have decided to team up with “Collectif Respect,” a French association which shares our values and which will help make our new event an even larger success.

Below you will find a detailed outline of our latest project. We believe this will be one of the most successful demonstrations of our stated desire to enhance the friendship and communication between the French and American people. We are expecting a large participation in this event. .

On June 30, 2007, we will join together with thousands of French people on the famous Omaha Beach, in Normandy, France to pay our respect to the fallen American war heroes who came to our rescue.

The participants assembled on the beach will form a human chain of letters and spell out the following words as a huge message from the French people on one side of the Atlantic Ocean to the American people on the other side. The message will say:

FRANCE WILL NEVER FORGET THANK YOU AMERICA

The site of Omaha Beach was chosen not only for its history, but also because of its symbolism. The beach is located nearby the main American cemetery where hundreds of American soldiers who died in this war have been laid to rest. More soldiers were killed in one single day on this beach during the famous D-Day attack, on June 6, 1944, than in any other location in France.

The whole event (which will be rehearsed and choreographed one month before) will be filmed on June 30, 2007 both from the sky in a helicopter and on the ground as a documentary of the making of the event. It will be aired on the Fourth of July 2007, Independence Day, by major television and newspaper media in the United States, France, and other countries (in 2003, over 125 US and French TV channels reported on our honoring with a rose each of the 60 522 graves of all US soldiers fallen in France).

Symbolically, that period also corresponds to the 250th anniversary of General Lafayette's birthday.

Following the filming there will be a gathering on Omaha Beach for all the participants and local population. We feel this will only enhance the day by bringing people together and celebrating the respect and friendship between our two countries.

We ask for your generous support in this endeavor and hope that many of you will decide to join us on Omaha Beach to participate in the actual event. As you know, at our first event in July, 2003, French children, townspeople, and soldiers all showed their respect to America by laying a single red rose on the graves of every one of the 60,522 American soldiers who died during World War I and II and were buried in France. Our second event was also a tremendous success. In 2004, with the help of others as well, we enabled 100 United States war veterans to travel to France to be awarded the Legion of Honor by the President of France. Without your financial support and your dedication, we could never have made any of these major events as hugely successful as they have been. We are deeply grateful for your continued support and thank you for it.

This program is one of the very few grassroots organizations to be working to successfully cement the relationship between the French and the Americans. Your continued financial support is very important and we hope you will find it in your heart to support us generously once again this year to make this event possible. We hope to thank America once again, albeit in a small way, for the sacrifice they made for France and which no one can or will ever forget.

Sincerely Yours,

The US Committee
Jean-Pierre Heim, Paul Bensabat, Patrick du Tertre, Christian Millet
Co-Presidents and founders

The French Committee
Jean-Pierre Heim, Anne Colombe de la Taille, Emmanuel de la Taille

Omaha Beach Committee 2007: Olivier Brane, Jacques Noël Bilet.

Donations and Checks Made Payable to:

THE FRENCH WILL NEVER FORGET
101 Park Avenue
Hoboken, NJ 07030 – USA

May 10th invitation

FRANCE WILL NEVER FORGET

OMAHA BEACH 2007

 

télécharger une invitation ici


Présentation de l'évènement du 30 Juin 2007 aux sponsors,associations et organisateurs.

le comité,The French Will Never Forget et le Comité Collectif Respect, sont heureux de vous inviter le 10 Mai,

au Cercle des nations Américaines
FRANCE AMERIQUES
à 11Heures
9/11 Av Franklin Roosevelt 75008 Paris


Comité New York et Paris, The French will never forget

co-président et co-fondateur
Jean-Pierre Heim
Patrick du Tertre
Christian Millet
Paul Bensabat

Anne Colombe de la Taille ADL comité Paris
Emmanuel de la Taille comité Paris
Olivier Brane comité Paris
Jacques Noël Bilet comité Paris

comité Collectif Respect

Frédéric Bard Président


Contact :

jpheim@heimdesign.com
mob:06 11 04 10 80

ac.delataille@wanadoo.fr
mob:06 09 80 59 26

frederic.bard@club-internet.fr
mob:06 99 90 00 55

www.thefrenchwillneverforget.com

www.collectifrespect.com

Pour plus d'information sur OMAHA BEACH 2007, ">cliquez ici

 

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Le Samedi 30 Juin 2007 à 14 heures
sur la plage d’Omaha Beach

« Opération OMAHA BEACH 2007 »

Participez à un grand message humain
avec plus de 3000 personnes
en écrivant ensemble cette phrase

FRANCE WILL NEVER FORGET
THANK YOU AMERICA

Les images réalisées seront diffusées
en France, et aux Etats-Unis le 4 Juillet 2007.

Rendez-vous sur les plages de
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER et de SAINT-LAURENT-SUR-MER

13h30 : Début des animations -14h30 : Regroupement des participants
15h30 :Entrée dans les mots - 16h00 : Réalisation du film et des photos par hélicoptère

Venez nombreux

Informations : Tel : 01 49 39 68 45 -Tel : 06 12 38 07 97

info@thefrenchwillneverforget.com

infos@collectifrespect.com

Omaha photos & videos

operation :OMAHA BEACH 2007

Human Architecture and design by Jean Pierre HEIM

Omaha Testimonies

We would like to thank all the people who have participated to the Human Chain at Omaha Beach .

Please feel free to send us your testimonies on this event at: info@thefrenchwillneverforget.com

We will publish a selection in September...

2007 Sponsors

SPONSORS LIST


1) GOLD SPONSORS:

ALTOUR
AMBER CAPITAL
CALYON
DASSAULT FALCON
SOCIETE GENERALE
VEOLIA
CONSEILLERS DU COMMERCE EXTERIEUR DE LA FRANCE
NATIXIS CAPITAL MARKETS


2) SILVER SPONSORS:

CREDIT INDUSTRIEL ET COMMERCIAL
RENAULT EURODRIVE
UNITED WATER-SUEZ
SAINT-GOBAIN
SDV TRANSPORTS
ARTORIA LIMOGES
LOGFRET
SAVEUR FOOD GROUP /CUISINE INNOVATIONS
JEAN-PIERRE HEIM ARCHITECTE
BRASSERIE LORRAINE
BRANE AVOCATS
ADL CONSEIL
JNB PARTNERS
SINGULIER & ASSOCIES
CREDIT AGRICOLE NORMANDIE


3) BRONZE SPONSORS:

ASSOCIATIONS/CITIES :

COMITE DES ASSOCIATIONS FRANCAISES ET DE LANGUES FRANCAISES DE NEW YORK
ACREFEU (Association of French Reserve Officers in the USA)
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LE SOUVENIR FRANÇAIS
ASSOCIATION CULINAIRE PHILANTROPIQUE
FRANCE AMERIQUES
FRANCE ETATS-UNIS
NORMANDIE MEMOIRE
COMITE DU DEBARQUEMENT
LES FLEURS DE LA MEMOIRE
AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENTS COMMISSION
VILLE DE SAINT LAURENT SUR MER
VILLE DE COLLEVILLE SUR MER
VILLE DE VIERVILLE SUR MER
ACCUEIL NEW YORK
FRENCH WAR VETERANS IN THE US

COMPANIES :

ATC GROUP
CHATEAU L’ANGE GARDIEN SASU
MARNIER-LAPOSTOLLE
CALL-IN-EUROPE
LIMOGES.COM
OUEST FRANCE
CMS BUREAU FRANCIS LEFEBVRE
TYD DISTRIBUTION
AMERICAN ROLLER SCREW
BLB INTERNATIONAL
LES METALLIERS CHAMPENOIS
RICHEMONT LATIN AMERICA-CARIBBEAN
EOLIA NORMANDIE
PUBLICIS
GROUPE ZODIAC
LATECOERE
LINCOLN INTERNATIONAL

INDIVIDUALS :
The list of individuals who have contributed to make our events possible would be too long to publish. Only some of the larger contributors are listed hereunder:

ALAIN LEBLEU
JEAN-FRANCOIS MILLET
PATRICK PAGNI
ARNAUD DE VIENNE
JEAN-PAUL IMBERT
PATRICK BOUSQUET-CHAVANNE
MICHEL TROUSSEAU
MICHEL BOXBERGER
MICHEL LONGCHAMPT
STANISLAS DEMAGNIENVILLE
FRANCOIS MARTELET
FRANCK FEUARDENT
THIERRY DE SCITIVAUX
VIRGINIE MILLIET
PHILIPPE MILLIET
JOVAN GOBIN

OFFICIAL COMMEMORATION OF 9/11

COMMEMORATION SEPT 11 PARIS

"The most important commemoration outside of the United States"
(Le Figaro, August 30, 2011)

Held on Sept 11, 2011
IN MEMORY OF THE 2976 VICTIMS

Place du Trocadéro
A symbolic representation of the Twin Towers.
with the Eiffel tower as a backdrop...

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A Solemn commemoration with official speeches,
dramatic music, American & French musicians.

Each tower stands approximately 10 stories high
On each tower are different inscriptions:

- The names of each victim of 9/11

- Hundred of messages previously collected in the USA & in France.

- "THE FRENCH WILL NEVER FORGET"

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WWI and WWII american cemeteries inFrance

Thanks to

General Leszczynski
The American Battle Monuments Commission European Region
Don Wright , Director of logistics, The American Battle Monuments Commission European Regiona

AISNE-MARNE American Cemetery
David ATKINSON, Supt / Flora PROMELIN, Cemetery Associate

MEUSE-ARGONNE American Cemetery
FranceJoseph P. P. RIVERS, Supt. / Craig P. RAHANIAN, Asst. Supt-Trainee /
Dominique DIDIOT, Cemetery Associate

OISE-AISNE American Cemetery
John R. AUST, Supt. / Nathalie LANTOINE, Cem. Associate

SAINT-MIHIEL American Cemetery
Phillip D. DE LA MATER, Supt. / Nadia EZZEDINE, Cemetery Associate

SOMME American Cemetery
Bobby BELL, Supt./ Murielle DEFRENNE, Cem. Associate

SURESNES American Cemetery
David BEDFORD, Supt. / Gabrielle MIHAESCU, Cem. Associate

BRITTANY American Cemetery
Jacques R. ADELÉE, Supt. / Maurice LEMARDELE, Cem. Associate

EPINAL American Cemetery
Roland B. PRIEUR, Supt. / Wilfred J. ST-PIERRE, Asst / Dominique JAMBOIS, Cem. Associate

LORRAINE American Cemetery
Horace E. THOMPSON, Supt. / Walter GEBHARDT, Cemetery Associate

NORMANDY American Cemetery
Gene S. DELLINGER, Supt. / Fred RHODES, Asst. / Sylvie JEAN, Cem. Associate /
Maryvonne GUIDON, Cem. Associate

RHONE American Cemetery
Alvin V. NAGEL, Supt. / Gilles POLI, Cem. Associate

Links

Visit the website of Cimetière Américain de la Somme à Bony.

Collectif respect

News


May 8 2014

Article paru dans Frenchmorning.com: “D-Day: remerciez les Américains par e-mail" .

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June 30 2007

“HUMAN CHAIN” OF GRATITUDE

A TRIBUTE TO AMERICA ON OMAHA BEACH
Saturday, June 30th 2007

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May 10 2007

Présentation aux sponsors,associations et organisateurs. le 10 Mai 2007 de OMAHA BEACH 2007 .

le comité,The French Will Never Forget et le Comité Collectif Respect, sont heureux de vous inviter le 10 Mai,

au Cercle des nations Américaines
FRANCE AMERIQUES
à 11Heures
9/11 Av Franklin Roosevelt 75008 Paris

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May 31, 2005


To: All the veterans who participated to the May trip to France
From: The Organizing Committee


Dear friends

It is our great pleasure to send you enclosed a check which refunds all the monies you laid out upfront for this wonderful trip.
We were able to raise enough money to pay for it in full, which obviously makes us very happy.

The feedback we have heard from some of you has been fantastic; we hope these memories too will be unforgettable. That was our intent in sponsoring this whole trip. It is only a small token of the appreciation we all have for what you did for France many years ago and for which we will never thank you enough.

We wish you all lots of health and the best.

The Organizing committee
Paul Bensabat, Jean Pierre Heim,
Patrick Dutertre, Christian Millet


Donation for the commemoration
of the 70th anniversary of D-DAY

This program is one of the very few grassroots organizations to be working to successfully cement the relationship between the French and the Americans. Your continued financial support is very important and we hope you will find it in your heart to support us generously once again this year to make this event possible. We hope to thank America once again, albeit in a small way, for the sacrifice they made for France and which no one can or will ever forget.

  • To honor the memory of one US soldier with the petals of 10 roses, please donate $20
  • To honor the memory of 5 US soldiers with the petals of 50 roses, please donate $100
  • To honor the memory of 10 US soldiers with the petals of 100 roses, please donate $200

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP:

Several levels of corporate sponsorships are available, with various benefits:

  • Bronze level: $5000
  • Silver level: $10,000
  • Gold level: $20,000
  • Platinum level: $60 000

Please call Paul Bensabat at +1 917-544-3444 for further information. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely Yours,

The US Committee
Jean-Pierre Heim, Paul Bensabat, Patrick du Tertre, Christian Millet
Co-Presidents and founders

DONATIONS AND CHECKS MADE PAYABLE TO:

THE FRENCH WILL NEVER FORGET
6801 West Side Avenue
North Bergen, NJ 07047 – USA

WIRE TRANSFER INSTRUCTIONS:

Bank Name: INTERAUDI BANK

Address: 19 E. 54th Street - New York, NY 10022

Relationship Manager: Antoinette Botarelli (212) 833-1033

FOR TRANSFER IN $ U.S.:

SWIFT: A U S A U S 3 3

For the Account of: THE FRENCH WILL NEVER FORGET, Inc.

Account Number: 635653-401

FOR TRANSFER IN EUROS:

Correspondant Bk.: Bank Audi Saradar France - Paris

Further credit to: Interaudi Bank, New York

ABA/Routing #: 026006237

For the account of: THE FRENCH WILL NEVER FORGET, Inc.

Account Number: 635653 - 401 (Euro A/C)

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“D-Day”: 1944 / 2014
70th Anniversary
on June 6, 2014

One Million Red Rose Petals Released over the Statue of Liberty to Honor the Franco-American Friendship.

Remembering June 6, 1944:
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Starting 1:00am: 17,000 US Paratroopers were dropped behind enemy lines. - 6:30 am: 73,000 US Army troops engaged in the largest amphibious landing in history. By the end of the Day the liberation of France had begun and 2,500 young Americans had made the ultimate sacrifice.

As an homage to these heroes, and to the estimated 180,000 others, who also made the ultimate sacrifice for the liberation of France, the association “The French Will Never Forget” (a non for profit 501 (C) 3 association) with critical help from the French authorities planned a fitting, grandiose and moving tribute on June 6, 2014.

COMMEMORATION SEPT 11 PARIS

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On that day 3 helicopters took flight towards Liberty Island. Once properly positioned, they released one million rose petals over the Statue of Liberty. A Lady Liberty overlooking the two gigantic French and American flags of the association, which are very symbolic as they have been used in all the other events of the association including on Omaha Beach, and which will be unfurled at her feet, by over 100 French and American children.

The official ceremony took place on Liberty Island on Friday, June 6th, 2014.

A reception on Liberty Island followed the event. Dignitaries spoke, WWII veterans were recognized, Honor Guards were present, and both national anthems were performed.

On that day, once more, the French people expressed their gratitude to America, their oldest friend and ally, for their regained freedom. We did so in such a grand and emotional fashion over the worldwide symbol of Liberty.

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The French Will Never Forget express their immense gratitude to Mr. Armando Milani for his unique and superb design of our logo.

9/11 - 10 year anniversary
commemoration in Paris


2500 people human chain
in Omaha Beach
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60511 roses laid out on all the graves of
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Washington, D. C., November 7, 1942 White House news release.
In connection with current military operations in French North Africa, the President has broadcasted by radio to the French people, the following me


President Roosevelt :
" No two Nations exist which are more united by historic and mutually friendly ties than the people of France and the United States. ".

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Testimonies

Embassy of the United States of America
Paris
AMBASSADOR, Howard H. LEACH



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