Posted by Braddock, VC |
Sep 29, 2011 @ 11:46 AM | 4,811 Views
A bit out of date now, but we had a great time.
On the way down we spent the night in the city of Tours, France about 160 miles SW of Paris.
This city was the centre for the American expeditionary force in WW1 in 1917 where 650,000 men set up a distribution centre for the logistics of your brave soldiers. Your Army built a beautiful memorial to your boys and it is well looked after. The French built a bridge over the River and named it after your President Wilson. In WW2 somebody bombed the crap out of it but the French rebuilt it and it stands today as an emblem of gratitude to all your boys who came over and fought for freedom.
All to often nowadays the people over here forget the debt of blood we owe to the USA for all their help and sacrifice in two world wars, many ignoring the debt when asked to help out in the current conflicts in afghanistan and Iraq. I'm pleased to say that we brits have helped out but because we are such a small nation the amount of help is limited in size but not, I hope, in effort.
There are many memorials over here in Europe and most of the western front soldiers of both opposing armies who gave their lives lie in beautifully kept cemeteries.
On the Eastern front it's not the same story, mass graves with little or no access for the german relatives of the dead to visit.
I've tried to paste a picture but can't so if you want to see the memorial in tours go to the website of the american battle monuments commission and search for "Tours"