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    Sixteen French persons - members of the Resistance and deported persons in World War Two - were reburied in the crypt of the new memorial at the Fort of Mont Valerien, near Paris, June 17 during a late night service of rededication.

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    Background: Sixteen French persons - members of the Resistance and deported persons in World War Two - were reburied in the crypt of the new memorial at the Fort of Mont Valerien, near Paris, June 17 during a late night service of rededication.

    The new memorial, inaugurated by President de Gaulle June 18 on the 20th anniversary of his appeal to the French people to continue the fight four days after the fall of Paris, is more elaborate than the previous one: it consists of a long granite wall with bas-reliefs symbolizing aspects of the war and its French participants. Since the war General de Gaulle has made a pilgrimage each year to Mont Valerien.

    In the light of torches, parachutists carried the bodies of the 16 taken from their resting place in an old crypt of the Fort and laid them at the foot of the 100-metre wall of the Fort - a national shrine - where 4500 French citizens were shot by German troops during the war. To the sound of muffled drums and bugles the coffins of the 16 were then placed in the new crypt. During the service an urn containing the remains of French persons exterminated in German concentration camps during the war had a place of honour at the foot of the monumental Cross of Lorraine in the centre of the new memorial.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACRDRDFFAPJ4TXR70RP5GW6ZG9
    Media URN:
    VLVACRDRDFFAPJ4TXR70RP5GW6ZG9
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/06/1960
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    Unknown
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    Available on request
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    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:39:00
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