May 8th Victoire 1945.

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.
 
 

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V-E Day

8th May 1945 was the date that Charles de Gaulle announced the end of World War Two and which is celebrated each year through out Europe. In France it is marked as a public holiday were people come together not only to celebrate the end of the War but to remember those who fought courageously and who would never return to their loved ones.

Proudly carrying the French flag through the streets of Daglan.
 

It always brings a lump to my throat when I see the flag being raised. I remember all of the French Resistance documentaries that I watched many years ago.
 

A bugler played the last post, then a minute silence was performed which was followed by the French National Anthem which I really must learn. Our Marie reminded us all about what the people fought for. Liberté, égalité and fraternité.
 

After the commemoration ceremony everyone was asked to go to the Marie for an apero and delicious nibbles.
 
 

Event:- this Saturday in Sarlat a Brocante next to the College. See you all there. I am still looking for a chair or sofa, plus a wardrobe to restore.