Wednesday, September 7, 2011
This is an organization in France (although it's name is in English) dedicated to the memory of fallen American heroes. It is a French organization, run by the French to honor Americans.
I wrote a post over the summer about stereotypes that many Americans have about the French, and that many French have about Americans. One that I left out, but that came up in class today, was the idea that the French hate Americans. I can tell you unequivocally that is untrue. My experiences in France were wonderful, and as an American I was warmly accepted by all of the French people I encountered (except one rude waiter, and those are everywhere, and a homeless person who wanted money from me). I have numerous French colleagues on Twitter, and one of my other blogs has more hits from France than anywhere in the world except the US.
But I would like to return to this wonderful organization. The French Will Never Forget. In honor of the Americans killed in the tragedy on September 11, 2001, this organization will hold a ceremony at the Place du Trocadero (near the Eiffel Tower) where there will be symbolic replicas of the Twin Towers between the French and American flags. This is a very powerful message from a country that has long been our ally. It is true that our opinions have differed on certain issues throughout history, and no doubt that will continue. But it remains the case that France and the United States are friendly nations, and our peoples will continue to share our cultures, learn from, and honor one another.
Posted by Tracy Brady at 1:46 PM