Jean-Marc Todeschini visited the U.S.
While in Washington, D.C. and New York this past week, Minister of State for Veterans and Remembrance Jean-Marc Todeschini sought to strengthen cooperation between France and the United States on preparation of memorials and commemorations ahead of the centennial of America’s entry into World War I, which will take place next year. During his visit, he presented the 13 Novembre project created by historian Denis Peschanski and neuropsychologist Francis Eustache. The project will collect and analyze eyewitness accounts of those who survived the attacks.
On June 21, the minister took part in a Legion of Honor ceremony at the French Embassy honoring American WWII veterans. Later on, he visited two memorial sites—the Gettysburg National Military Park and Arlington National Cemetery—where he laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
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On June 22, in preparation for the centennial of the U.S. entry into World War I, Mr. Todeschini met with members of the WWI Centennial Commission, the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), and David Shulkin, who is the under-secretary of health for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The purpose of these meetings was to strengthen France’s partnership with France’s Mission du Centenaire and to discuss planning for commemorations to be held in 2017 and 2018. A meeting with Ambassador Gérard Araud focused on plans for stateside commemorations of America’s entry into WWI.
On June 23, the minister visited the National September 11 Memorial and met some of the victims’ families.