• Short Summary

    Thousands of French Gaullists made the pilgrimage to the village of Colombey las Deux Eglises today (Sunday) to be among the first to see the newly-inaugurated memorial to General Charles de Gaulle.

  • Description

    Thousands of French Gaullists made the pilgrimage to the village of Colombey las Deux Eglises today (Sunday) to be among the first to see the newly-inaugurated memorial to General Charles de Gaulle.

    But only 100 people saw the inauguration ceremony in person. Among them were President Georges Pompidou -- who made the only speech -- and General de Gaulle's widow and his son, Rear Admiral Philippe de Gaulle.

    The monument to the General is a 43 metro (147 Foot) high Cross of Lorraine constructed in granite. The cross was the symbol of the Free French Forces led by the General during World War Two and today's ceremony was timed to mark the anniversary of de Gaulle's historic wartime broadcast to the people of France to resist Nezi occupation.

    Among the first people allowed to file past the memorial were war veterans wearing the medals they won while fighting in the Free French Forces.

    President Pompidou, during his speech, said that the General's ledged would continue to grow in years to come. He spoke of that famous call-to-arms made exactly 32 years age:

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    Film ID:
    VLVADGALUNOB9MH86ZDC98RUXU75L
    Media URN:
    VLVADGALUNOB9MH86ZDC98RUXU75L
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/06/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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