American WWI Air Force Commemoration - Saints, Touquin, Mauperthuis -
Here are the photos of our 90th Anniversary of the United States Air Force's first combat operations event:
Meeting in front of the beautiful Hotel de Ville (City Hall) in Saints. Harold Hartney was billeted here.
War Veterans and Mayors Jean Claude Fuzier and Marie Agnes Munier (both drapped with ribbons) lead our procession to Monument of the Dead in Saints
Arrival at Monument of the Dead in Saints where a French version of taps was played and a ceremonial flower wreath laid. Saints lost approximately 22 men out of a total village population of about 700 in World War I.
French veteran paratrooper Daniel Lefebre salutes the fallen. From the Monument, we walked to the village cemetery.
Saints Mayor Bernard Jacotin addresses the crowd. In the front row are Coulommiers' Mayor and Depute (equivalent of Congressman) Franck Riester (in suit), Mauperthuis Mayor Marie Agnes Munier and Touquin Mayor Jean Fuzier (both wearing ribbons). The plaque to Quentin Roosevelt is on the back wall and is about to be uncovered.
Plaque honoring Quentin Roosevelt who died July 14, 1918, while based in Saints.
The village flags of Touquin, Mauperthuis, St. Augustin and Saints.
The Americans - (left to right) Richard and Lisbeth Nicol, Narayan Sengupta, Claudine (in front) and Claude Barriere Thibault and Mike O'Neal in Saints.