The city of Metz, France, celebrated the 1945 capitulation of the German military forces on Thursday, 8th.
SV.Pan Troops holding flags of the three countries, CANADA, USA, and FRANCE.
LV. Troops present arms.
CU. Canadian Airmen.
LV. Arrival of the Personalities.
SV. Flag Party lowering flags.
GV. The Detachment at Monument.
SCU. Officers saluting.
LV. Officers of the three countries, laying wreaths on Monument.
SV. Troops present arms. Officer salutes.
CU. Monument and wreaths.
LV. Officers to attention, in front of Memorial.
LV. Officers salute.
SV. Troops marching past camera.
SV. Troops towards camera.
LV. Troops to attention.
SV. French Officer invested with medal.
SCU. Officer being kissed.
CU. Woman onlooker dressed in National Costume.
LV. Another being invested.
SV. Band march and turn past camera.
SV. Troops march and turn past camera.
SV. Flag Party march and turn past camera.
LV. Troops marching off Parade Ground.
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Background: The city of Metz, France, celebrated the 1945 capitulation of the German military forces on Thursday, 8th. May, with a military and civic parade through the main thoroughfares culminating in a memorial service at the city's cenotaph.
Canadian and American troops marched with the French garrison soldiers in the parade and paid their respects at the memorial to these troops killed in the world wars.
Civic and military representatives laid wreaths at the foot of the cenotaph while the crowd of onlookers stood silent. A French military band/played the marches and hymns during the parade and short service of remembrance.
Afterwards there was an investure for French officers who had undertaken dangerous missions or who had performed acts of gallantry during the war. When this ceremony was completed the assembled troops were reviewed by senior officers of the Canadian, American and French Armies in the Metz area.