Thursday, May 9, 2013

May 8 - VE day

Many cities and towns in France have a street named "8 mai 1945", for the day the armistice was signed to end World War II in Europe.  Victory in Europe day is still commemorated as a national holiday here.  In Amboise, it consisted of a parade through the streets by a small marching band, a small contingent of soldiers, the mayor and other town officials, and of course the school kids carrying flowers and little flags.  It was a rather solemn event as the officials and the kids placed flowers on the various war memorials.  There were no speeches but there was, of course, a spirited rendition of the Marseillaise!  It was a short yet moving ceremony.

1 comment:

  1. Don't be confused by the date in the is of course 9 May today...which is yet another national holiday in France...Ascension. Since there are two holidays this week, a lot of people are taking the other three days as vacation.