In D.C., Veterans Affairs Minister Prepares D-Day Ceremonies
Paris, February 13th, 2014
In connection with the state visit to the United States of America by the President of the Republic, Mr. Kader Arif, French Minister of Veterans Affairs, met with Mr. Robert J. Dalessandro, Chairman of the World War I Centennial Committee, in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, February 12, 2014.
The talks focused on the organization of the Centennial commemorations in France throughout 2014 and on the manner the United States of America will join in. As reminded by Mr. Kader Arif during that exchange, Americans will be invited to numerous events organized in France in commemoration of the Great War. The first of these being the parade on July 14 which will mark the beginning of the international cycle of the Centennial commemorations and it will be the opportunity to deliver a universal message of peace and brotherhood.
The meeting between Mr. Kader Arif and Mr. Dalessandro has underlined the will of the two countries to work together in preparing the Centennial commemorations with the common wish to pay tribute to the servicemen of that conflict and to pass on to the new generations the values of friendship and respect.
Within the context of the year 2014 marked by a double cycle of commemorations, the 70th Anniversary of France’s liberation and of the victory over Nazism were also discussed, which enabled the French Minister and Mr. Dalessandro to talk about the ceremonies of June 6 in Normandy and of August 15 in Provence.
Mr. Arif stated France’s wish to have a large number of D-Day American Veterans take part in these commemorations and he assured him of the Ministry of Defense readiness to extend the best welcome possible to those who will travel from the United States on June 6.