Thirteen years ago on May 8th. the war in Europe came to a successful conclusion?
Thirteen years ago on May 8th. the war in Europe came to a successful conclusion for the Allied forces. The might and power of NAZI Germany was decisively and utterly routed, and Europe was freed from fear and tyranny.
France as much as any other country was happy to receive the liberation forces and again live in a country of freedom. Thus, on the 8th May this year there was a grande parade of French troops, led by President Coty, through the heart of Paris, from the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior to the Arc de Triomphe, by way of the Champs Elysees.
Escorting the President was a unit of the ceremonial Republican Guard, equipped with plumed helmets, high boots and swords. Among the mounted corps was a troop of Spahis, a native cavalry regiment of North Africa officered by Frenchmen.
Various contigents of the French Colonial Army marched in the parade, which was a colourful as it was long.
When he arrived at the starting point, President 'Coty laid a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. The he was introduced to civilian flag bearers, all ex-servicemen.
In his open topped car the president paraded through Paris. Huge crowds lined the route, cheering each group of soldiers, sailors, airman and former resistance agents as they marched proudly, triumphantly, to the Arc de Triomphe.