Each year on the Sunday nearest to 6th June, a simple and touching ceremony is held beside the memorial to the multinational crew of a Lancaster bomber downed in a nearby field. Today local families and expat Brits gathered as usual.  I think this is the first time we’ve had such  non-summer weather for the occasion, but all went well, with messages from some of the airmen’s families, fanfares and national anthems from the village band. Poppied crosses are laid with reverence beside each name.  It’s hard to believe that it is 72 years since the events of that night.

The ceremony concludes with a “vin d’honneur offert par le maire de Cerisy la Salle” and the chance to catch up with friends.


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8 Responses to Remembrance

  1. It’s wonderful that they are still remembered and honoured in this way.

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  2. Joss says:

    72 years. seems unreal. I love how respectful the French are and how well tended the memorials are, even after so many years.

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  3. Victoria says:

    So touching. Someday I’ll have to tell you (over tea) about my experience with champagne and Mr. le Maire de Lons-le-Saulnier. Arrrgh.

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  4. granny1947 says:

    So nice that people remember.

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  5. tialys says:

    A shame the weather wasn’t up to much but, you’ve got to hand it to the French, there’s always wine! I hope these sorts of memorial services continue long after the events have passed from living memory – it’s so important we remember the sacrifices made for us.

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  6. Misky says:

    I like that these occasions are remembered. Nice photos, too.

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  7. is that a drink in their honour Viv – I am not good with French.


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