A day of remembrance in Cooper City
It was in a festive atmosphere that, on June 6th, Gaël de Maisonneuve, Consul General of France in Miami, and Lieutenant-Colonel Frans Wingham decorated nine American Veterans of World War II with the insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.
If the ceremony helped remember the great debt owed by the French Republic with respect to its liberators, the event, held at the school campus of the Franco-American school in Cooper City, was also an opportunity to highlight the need to cultivate a duty of remembrance.
After being awarded, Veterans answered questions from young students of the school concerning their personal military experiences, whose memory is still intact even 68 years after "The Longest Day."
Equally symbolic, the award ceremony, attended by Debby Eisinger, Mayor of Cooper City, and over two hundred people, including dozens of children, showed once again that if the strong relationship between France and Florida is secular - and several events are planned this year to celebrate the 450th anniversary of French presence - it constitutes a bridge, between our two continents that will extend into the future.
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