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I have worked in the travel industry most of my working life, owning my own agency for 14 years as well as working for travel industry suppliers. I wanted to share my life, my stories, my likes and dislikes with you and hopefully get some feedback from all of you out there in blogger world. I currently live in the Midlands, I am 45 years old and have two grown up children 24yrs and 19 years.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Armistice Day in France

Over the last week and on the run up to Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday our news and television has been full of stories from both the World Wars, giving us an in sight to the bravery and suffering that so many people had to endure none of which we could possibly imagine.

Being in France over this time I wanted to share with you the way that they remember as of course life in France was so much harder as they were an occupied Country.

Firstly Armistice Day is a public holiday in France, through the day there was music playing by their Cenotaph in the small village where we are, I do not know the French tune that was playing but they also played Land of Hope and Glory which I found quite strange. Many people visited the village during the day and paid their respects at the Cenotaph.

Now in the Cemetry in the village there are graves of 6 brave airmen who sadly lost their lives in the second world war, when their aircraft were shot down, the villagers risked their own lives by hiding  their bodies so that their bodies would not be taken by the Germans and then buried them. In May they fly both the British and Canadian flags over their graves to honour these brave men. We have also been told stories of how the French resistance hid away in some of the old barns around the village. I am sure all around this area and many areas of France there are many similar stories told.

40 minutes drive from where we are there is a memorial town  at Oradour sur Glane where 642 people were massacred during the Second World War and this village has been left exactly as it was on the day of this atrocity and I would strongly recommend anyone of any age visiting this site as you cannot help but be moved by what you see and read. This truly makes anyone appreciate what our relatives in the UK fought for and what our neighbours in France endured to make Europe the place we all live in relatively peacefully now.

Of course for anyone interested in World War history from many of the cruises that visit Northern France you can always get the opportunity of taking a tour to the Normandy Beaches too

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