Thousands of French Gaullists made the pilgrimage to the village of Colombey las Deux Eglises today (Sunday) to be among the first to see the newly-inaugurated memorial to General Charles de Gaulle.
GV Memorial (2 shots)
SV Officers unveil inscription PAN to Pres. Pompidou and others at attention
SV VIPs with Madame de Gaulle and General's son at extreme right
LV President Pompidou and others at attention
MV Inscription AU GENERAL DE GAULLE
LV ZOOM IN..Pompidou speaking SOUND STARTS
SV Pompidou shaking hands with Mme de Gaulle
SV & CU General de Gaulle's son shaking hands with VIPs (3 shots)
"The 18th JUNE 1940. The appeal, of course, was prompted by a sense of honour. But it wasn't inspired by the courage of despair. It expresses the certainty -- logical, evident and predestined -- that capitulation was absurd, that the ultimate defeat of the Nazis was fated, that France would be in on the final victory."
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Background: Thousands of French Gaullists made the pilgrimage to the village of Colombey las Deux Eglises today (Sunday) to be among the first to see the newly-inaugurated memorial to General Charles de Gaulle.
But only 100 people saw the inauguration ceremony in person. Among them were President Georges Pompidou -- who made the only speech -- and General de Gaulle's widow and his son, Rear Admiral Philippe de Gaulle.
The monument to the General is a 43 metro (147 Foot) high Cross of Lorraine constructed in granite. The cross was the symbol of the Free French Forces led by the General during World War Two and today's ceremony was timed to mark the anniversary of de Gaulle's historic wartime broadcast to the people of France to resist Nezi occupation.
Among the first people allowed to file past the memorial were war veterans wearing the medals they won while fighting in the Free French Forces.
President Pompidou, during his speech, said that the General's ledged would continue to grow in years to come. He spoke of that famous call-to-arms made exactly 32 years age: