Victoire 1945 or V-E Day is one of the three French National Days or Fêtes National. The other two are 14th July, Bastille Day and 11th November, Armistice Day.
May 8th marks the end of WW11 with the French and their allies gaining victory over Germany. Actually, the German army surrender on the 7th May but Stalin demanded that the German Army surrender in Berlin the following day, which they did in the presence of representatives from Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union and the USA.
Unfortunately I was unable to attend the ceremony yesterday which was disappointing but my photographer was there to record the event on a very wet and cold morning. Thank you Paul.
The parade and the raising of the French flag is always an emotional moments.
Marie, representatives and the people of the village.
A few words from the Marie and the singing of the La Marseillaise.
The lone trumpeter, always brings a few tears to my eyes.
There was an aperitif afterwards at the Marie.