Memorial Day 2005
St James Gary Clements
Lt Gen Sanchez
R. Todd R. Nelson L.
Flaherty A. Goldstein T.A.Smith R.Herbert
A grey day did not stop people attending the Memorial day services at both
the American Cemeteries in Normandy and Brittany.
At 10:30 at Colleville, overlooking Omaha beach we had a fly past and the
"Missing Man" routine performed by the American Air Force based in England.
Both American and French Troops were in attendance, the Americans being drawn
from the 130th Engineer Brigade who are based in Hanau Germany. The 18th Signals
Regiment represented the French and the Band was also a French Police Band.
American Boy Scouts handed the wreaths to the many dignitaries who placed them
in front of the monument.
Many of the graves were decorated with flowers by French people who are members
of the Association Les Fleurs de la Mémoire of which we are members. My American
visitors place flowers on the six graves we are responsible for in both St James
The Americans were represented by Mr Gary Clements who is Consul in Rennes. It
is his last year of duty in France, he will be missed as he has done great work
here, getting involved in many local events. He attended our Liberation day
ceremonies in my local town of Barneville last year.
The American Military was represented by Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez.
Other people who gave an address were the local French Mayor, Mr Claude
Lavieille president of the Association Les Fleurs de la Mémoire, plus religious
One of the most moving sights is a Jewish gentleman who was detained in one of
the death camps during the war. Each year he wears his prison uniform, and on
his arm is tattooed his prison number.