8 Mai 1945... Victory... "bleu... blanc... rouge"...

Gazing...

At... "Le magnifique... drapeau français...

Le bleu... blanc... rouge"...

French... flag...

Fluttering... languidly... proudly...

In the middle... of the iconic... "Arc de Triomphe"...

The two presidents... "côte à côte"...

Sarkozy... "président sortant"...

Hollande... "président entrant"...

Both... saluting... the flag...

Lighting.... "la flamme du souvenir"... the "flame of remembrance"...

Flanked... by the "chefs d’état-major des trois armées"... Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces... and "les anciens combattants"... the war veterans... singing... "La Marseillaise" ...

We were... overwhelmed...

With... unspoken emotion...

Of how... it might have been...

If it were not... for the unforgettable bravery... of those who died for their beloved country... their France...

And the formidable leadership of... Charles de Gaulle... Churchill... and Roosevelt...

"8 mai... 1945"...

"Jour... de libération"...

"La victoire des Alliés sur l'Allemagne nazie et la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale en Europe... marquée par l'annonce de la capitulation de l'Allemagne".

May 8... "VE Day"...

"Victory... in Europe Day"...

"Commemorates the date when World War II Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany".

With a sigh of relief... and a huge love...

For the noble and valiant  liberators of this... "la plus belle ville du monde"... the "City of Light"...

We mutter... a little prayer of thanks... and gratitude to the heavens above.

With... a patriotic...

Wink... and...

A... smile...

To the... "bleu... blanc... rouge"...

We're... almost sure...

"Le drapeau... tricolore"...

Winked... and... smiled...

BACK...

With

Love...

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