One Sunday in Paris with my friends Garry and Martine, we searched for the remains of the old Bastille. What’s left of this fortress today is a few foundation stones, forming an outline of the building in Paris’s cobbled streets. Despite connotations of revolution and war, the Bastille really isn’t all that big.
In no time we had rounded the block to find ourselves in front of a pharmacy. I quickly went in to buy something. I walked out to find my friends talking with an older gentleman on his way to the market. As I was introduced, he asked if I was an American.
“Je suis Américain” I replied in my cobbled-together French.
A World War Two veteran from western Massachusetts was honored Friday by the government of France for his role in liberating the country. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Joseph Della Giustina landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944, a day after his 21st birthday. He fought throughout France to liberate the country from the Nazis. For his sacrifice and courage he was awarded the French Legion of Honor, the country’s highest decoration.
Veterans of the Iraq, Afghanistan, Persian Gulf, Vietnam and Korean wars joined with World War Two Veterans in Latham over the weekend for the second annual "D-Day Revisited: Day of Recognition and Remembrance" - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there and files this report