Monday, July 18, 2016

Un petit rassemblement en hommage aux victimes de l'attentat de Nice

Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

On Saturday at Valley Forge National Park there was a gathering of French citizens, Francophones and Francophiles.  About thirty of us were there to show support for the victims of the Nice terrorist attack. 

The French/American alliance goes way back to the 1770's. 
Lafayette and Washington along with revolutionary troops spent a miserable winter together at this very place in 1777/78. French General Lafayette gave his own money to help support our revolution. 
Then in February of 1778 The United States made it's military alliance with a foreign power (The Franco-American Alliance).

At the gathering on Saturday.

First there was a speech in English followed by one in French and then a moment of silence. After that we sang The French National Anthem (La Marseillaise).  A few verses below:



"Allons enfants de la Patrie,  
Le jour de gloire est arrivé!  
Contre nous de la tyrannie,  
L'étendard sanglant est levé, (repeat)  
Entendez-vous dans les campagnes  
Mugir ces féroces soldats?  
 Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras  
Égorger vos fils, vos compagnes!
 
Aux armes, citoyens,  
Formez vos bataillons,  
Marchons, marchons!  
Qu'un sang impur  
Abreuve nos sillons!"......................

13 comments:

  1. Sweet photo and good you had a remembrance overthere.

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  2. Merci James.

    Ce fut vraiment un carnage avec beaucoup d'enfants décédés. Encore 15 blessés sont entre la vie et la mort. Triste ! On apprend ce matin que le terroriste avait des complices et que cet attentat était préparé depuis plus d'un an - les téléphones portables ou les ordinateur parlent... et notre gouvernement fait l'autruche et nous parle de déséquilibré !
    Bisous, mon ami.
    Elléona

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  3. We are all still very shocked and upset over here. A day out to celebrate, families, children So many children under the victims. How sick is our society ? Listening to politicians here or in the US makes me sick.

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  4. It's a sad time we're living in. I feel like every morning I wake up to find something else bad has happened. :(
    I am also really worried about the political situation in the US.
    Hope things will change for the better soon!

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  5. Thanks for your support 😊

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  6. Great photo James! France and the U.S. have a lot of history together.

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  7. We sang the Anthem with visiting French exchange students. They wanted us to sing "Home on the Range" and "Don't Fence Me In" with them! Of course we reverted to Frerer Jacques and Alouette (pardon my spelling), and we had a great time. Je suis NIce!

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  8. We sang the Anthem with visiting French exchange students. They wanted us to sing "Home on the Range" and "Don't Fence Me In" with them! Of course we reverted to Frerer Jacques and Alouette (pardon my spelling), and we had a great time. Je suis NIce!

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  9. What a great event.Yes,the French helped Americans win their independence.

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  10. great act of support

    wishing and hoping for the world free of terror spread by really few insane evils

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  11. Wonderful photo, I translated the anthem, and it is very strong and lovely.
    "Come, children of the Fatherland,
    The day of glory has come!
    Against us from the tyrany,
    The bloody banner is lifted,"

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