Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Restoration Project Needs Your Support

One the greatest traditions of the First World War is the story of the Lafayette Escadrille, the French aero squadron composed of American pilots who chose to come to the aid of France at the height of the fighting. Afterward, their service was honored with a beautiful memorial (pictured below) located just outside Paris. Within this monument lie the remains of America's first combat airmen —individuals who answered the call to fly and fight in the name of freedom, not because they had to, but because it was the right thing to do.

As part of the Centennial Commemoration of the War, the American Battle Monuments Commission plans a $14 million restoration of this great memorial, which will require private funding. A group of volunteers has been organized to encourage the fundraising effort. The program and information on how you can personally support this important project are described in a brochure in PDF format that you can download right now. Just click on the link below.

The Memorial Was Showing Considerable Wear and Tear When I Visited with My Summer 2015 Group (Below)

For full details on the restoration project click here:

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