Thursday, June 7, 2012

Normandy Day in Maine

This year marks the 68th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy, which was the major turning point of WWII in Europe. Early in the morning of June 6, 1944, the largest military operation in history began as 135,000 Allied soldiers landed on the beaches of Normandy, to begin the liberation of Europe, and change the course of history. With Normandy Day, l'Ecole Française du Maine expressed its gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifice of so many for today's freedom.


Normandy Day International Picnic was organized at South-Freeport Community Hall where students sang the National anthems of France, Canada and the Unites-States.  Students in 5th grade read a moving presentation of D-Day they wrote in French.
The picnic was friendly, festive and convivial The objective was for our students to kindle and strengthen the memory of June 6th, 1944 and celebrate freedom, peace and democracy while sharing a picnic. In class, students discussed the values that characterized D-Day : courage, determination, cooperation, honor and ambition. 
Special thanks to the Franco-American Veterans of Lewiston-Maine who joined our students during the ceremony and the delicious lunch prepared by Margot from "Provisions".   L'Ecole Francaise du Maine was the first American school to officially participate in this event last year and has partnered with Normandy Day organization in France which provided the school with the official table cloths.