Victory in Europe. VE Day ending World War II. The French take the day seriously. We gathered in the square in front of City Hall, old and young, police and fire, youth auxiliaries...
We heard patriotic music including La Marseillaise.
In the foreground, the Mayor joins with two of the youth fire auxiliary in the laying of a floral tribute. In the background facing the camera, students are preparing to present a dramatic reading, a lengthy poem on the horrors of war and the heroism of warriors.
It's a simple ceremony, and the audience doesn't include enough of the village's young people, but we were there. It's our town now, too.