Sunday, 28 May 2023 – MEMORIAL DAY 2023 – Commemoration

Memorial Day is an official holiday in the United States that honors the fallen members of the United States Armed Forces in all wars. Memorial Day is celebrated each year on the last Monday in May.

The Escadrille La Fayette Memorial commemorates the courage and sacrifice of the 250 American pilots who enlisted under the French flag even before the United States entered the war in April 1917, under the name of the “La Fayette Flying Corps”. The 68 members of the La Fayette Escadrille who died during the war are buried in the crypt under the arch of the memorial and their two French commanders, who died in 1948 and 1950, are buried there alongside their American comrade.

On Sunday, May 28 at 10:00 a.m., the ABMC (American Battle Monuments Commission) organizes a ceremony at the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial, located in the Parc de Saint-Cloud, 5 bd Raymond Poincaré, 92430 Marnes-La-Coquette. I will be representing our chapter along with Nicole Primmer who will be carrying our flag. The Children (CAR) will also be present at this ceremony with their President, Hélène Dupuy-Guérin.

Chapter members, their families and friends are cordially invited to attend.