Monday, May 19, 2014

French Government Refuses to Fly US WWII Vets to Normandy for D-Day Anniversary

There are not many surviving D-Day Veterans left, and they should be given the high honor and gratitude due them of all freedom loving peoples. What they witnessed and had to do on that June morning, no man should have to endure. But freedom was at stake and they answered it's call. And now, again, by of no ones doings but their own, a dark and evil virus seethes in the belly of Europe, and I fear once again the next generation shall be called to do the same.... 

Sister Toldjah
It’s the 70th anniversary, and the men who carried out the landings are in their 80s and 90s, now. You would think, given France’s miserable performance during the war, they could show a little respect and gratitude to those who risked their lives to kick the Nazis out of their country (1). But, no. They're French, after all.
Frog Eating Ingrates:
"Seven decades after Allied troops stormed Normandy’s beaches and saved France from the Nazis, the surrender-happy nation is turning its back on hundreds of US veterans who want to return next month to mark the invasion’s 70th anniversary.
France has broken its promise to pay for the vets to fly to this year’s commemoration, according to Rep. Michael Grimm.
“Our chief-of-staff heard it from the French Embassy in DC — that they would be flown out to France [for free],” said Nick Iacono, a spokesman for the Staten Island congressman.
But when The Post contacted the embassy Friday, the French turned up their noses as if smelling rotten Camembert.
“The French government never offered to pay for the plane tickets of the veterans traveling to France for the 70th commemoration of D-Day,” said Dana Purcarescu, a spokeswoman for the French Embassy in Washington."
Let’s hope this is the result of some sort of miscommunication, and not the slap in the face it appears to be.
But, I doubt it. This is France we’re talking about. They’ve made condescension and insult into an art form. And, for the record, I think the French government owes the same respect and honor to the surviving members of the British, Canadian, and Polish armies that also risked everything on D-Day.