Yesterday I attended the yearly commemoration of the liberation of the city of Orleans by Patton's 3rd Army. A nice, sober and sincere ceremony is organized every year to thank the American Liberators and the Maquis who fough tfor the Liberation of the City. Delegations of both French and Amercian armies were represented , as well as a local brass band, reenactors and of course veterans. U.S. and French Flags were prominently displayed and wreaths were laid under the memorial monument as a tribute to the fallen and to honor the survivors. Then after the usual speeches , the band played the Stars and Striped and the Marseillaise. Then the crowd could assist to a parade which included collector vehicles and reenactor privates and veterans and standard bearers. hey then walked to the former townhall across the Liberty Patton Mile Stone for a buffet and a few drinks.