JANE ROSENSTEIN: Veterans Day on the Champs-Élysées

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GERMAN BUNKER, DEAUVILLE, NORMANDY (GORDON DUFF SURRENDERING)

MILITARY REMEMBRANCE, FRANCE 2010

By Jane Rosenstein Veterans Today Paris Bureau

In Paris, where I live, we do not celebrate Veterans Day, but each year on November 11th, we celebrate Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I on November 11, 1920. The President of France and other government officials lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier located at the Arc de Triomphe.

There is a vigil at 9 p.m. November 11th is a bank holiday so banks, post offices and many businesses are closed. This year it is on a Thursday so many people also take off Friday as a vacation. The idea of Armistice Day is to remember those soldiers who were injured or killed in World War 1.

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MARINE CEMETERY, BELLEAU WOOD 1918
OMAHA BEACH
BRITISH MILITARY CEMETERY, NORMANDY
ITALIAN MILITARY CEMETERY
ITALIAN MILITARY CEMETERY, WORLD WAR I, BELGIUM (G DUFF)
MEMORIAL TO FRENCH RESISTANCE FIGHTERS
MEMORIAL TO FRENCH RESISTANCE FIGHTERS KILLED DURING WORLD WAR 2 (GORDON DUFF IN PHOTO)

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PARIS TODAY, THE SEINE

Author Details
Jane Rosenstein is a U.S. citizen living in Paris, France. She is a professional translator/interpreter. She is the owner of The International Connection which does international marketing consultation including sales of wine, interpretation, and translation. She enjoys the cultural life that living in Paris offers and has talents in organizing events. She speaks English, French, and Spanish. She has a B.S. degree in mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.B.A. degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.
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