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    Tribute to the fallen: 73 years and counting

    Picauville hosts D-Day remembrance ceremony

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer | French children release balloons into the air during a D-Day remembrance ceremony at...... read more read more

    PICAUVILLE, FRANCE

    06.01.2017

    Story by Senior Airman Devin Boyer 

    86th Airlift Wing/Public Affairs

    PICAUVILLE, France -- The U.S. Air Force, Army, U.K. representatives, German military, and members of the French government gathered for a D-Day remembrance ceremony at the United States Army Air Forces Transport Memorial in Picauville, France, June 1.

    Allied forces liberated Picauville 73 years ago following the D-Day landings at Normandy and established a temporary airfield just outside of the community.
     
    “Picauville does not require a history lesson on the importance of liberty and the need to preserve it at all costs,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Jack Aalborg, Air Attaché to France. “This town lives with the reminder of it every single day. It is a link between our prosperity and our posterity. It is a privilege much like the wind. It may appear invisible to the naked eye, but it is an ever-present force.
     
    Soldiers from the same units as the ones who stormed the beaches of Normandy had a chance to participate in the ceremony. Some even walked away feeling inspired.
     
    “I had the opportunity to eat dinner with a family and one of the locals that served us, he was actually 10 years old when everything transpired and he gave us vivid details of things he remembered,” said U.S. Army Spc. Christopher Valentine, 29th Infantry Division generator mechanic, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. “That was a piece of history that I wouldn't be able to receive otherwise, so that was very rewarding.”
     
    To commemorate the ceremony, the 37th Airlift Squadron from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and the 815th Airlift Squadron from Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, flew four C-130s over Picauville.
     
    “It was for all of us that the brave men and women we remember here today said no to tyranny 73 years ago,” Aalborg said. “They were not looking to fight, but they willingly answered the nation’s call, and in some cases gave their last full measure of devotion.”

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    Date Taken: 06.01.2017
    Date Posted: 06.04.2017 00:32
    Story ID: 236260
    Location: PICAUVILLE, FR 

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