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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Centennial Event: The Doughboys Return to Paris, 14 July 2017

100 Years Ago: 4 July 1917

On 4 July 1917 to Mark the Arrival of American Troops in France the 16th Infantry of the First Division Was Invited to Parade in Paris. Yesterday to Mark the Centennial of that Event and Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of America's Joining the War, the Doughboys Were Invited to Lead France's Annual Bastille Day Parade.

Yesterday: 14 July 2017

The U.S. Color Guard from the 1st Division in Period Uniforms
The Division's Flag and WWI Battle Streamers Displayed

All U.S. Services Were Represented at the Parade

The Parade Advances Down the Champs-Élysées

Flanked by First Lady Melania Trump and 
French President  Emmanuel Macron,
President Donald Trump Salutes the Colors

The USAF Thunderbirds Participated in the Flyover  (Rehearsal Photo)

The American Contingent

Photos from: AP, Breitbart, and Stars and Stripes


  1. I watched the entire parade. Loved every minute of it. So proud of our country.

  2. Mike,
    I am glad that you gave the event some publicity. I did not see much about it in the big news networks.

  3. A wonderful event, which reminds the world that for the last century the United States is a generous and peaceful country where dreams can become reality.