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Date : From 12/05/2024 to 12/05/2024

As part of the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings, the organizers of "La Flamme de la Liberté" are proposing to physically transport the Flame of the French Nation to the United States of America, with a stopover in the United Kingdom, which was heavily involved in the liberation and was the point of departure for the Allied armada. A copy of the flame will be deposited at Southwick House, near Portsmouth, which was the headquarters of the Allied naval forces from 1943 onwards. It was here that General Eisenhower decided to postpone the landings until June 6, 1944.

The project is also to place this French flame on the grave of the unknown soldiers in the Arlington military cemetery in Virginia. The aim is to express France?s gratitude to its two allies, for without their commitment we would not have been able to recover our freedom and our nation.

The Flame of the Nation, which has been burning since November 11, 1923, on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the Arc de Triomphe, will be collected on May 08, 2024 at around 7:30 pm, following the daily rekindling ceremony. It will be transported in a convoy of vintage 1944 military vehicles via the Voie de La Liberté from the village of Saint Symphorien-le-Château. 44 young Frenchmen will accompany it on the 915 km journey from Paris to Cherbourg.

The Flamme de la Liberté will pass through Villedieu-les-Poêles on Sunday May 12.


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