Thursday, 18 September 2014
70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Soissons
The weekend of the 30th August was the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Soissons from the Germans in the Second World War. The town was transported back in time for the occasion. The park in the town centre made way for an exposition of tanks, trucks, arms complete with a dinner & dancing tent.
On the Sunday morning there was a parade all through the town. The French are very good at this sort of thing. It was all so authentic and as hundreds of people were dressed in 1940s clothing, the wine was flowing and Edith Piaf was booming on the loud speakers, you could almost feel the same euphoria they must have felt in 1944.
An example of the attention to detail that I thought was excellent was the people prentending to be the Americans were throwing chewing gum, sweets and candy cigarettes from the trucks, just as they did way back when.
The weather was glorious so after the parade we decided to have a pcinic in the park, in the middle of all the tanks and soldiers.
Tiana thought it was all marvelous and even Bad decided to get up and have a go!