While dignified and solemn ceremonies today mark the courage and loss of life 70 years ago during the D-Day invasion, the long-lasting partnership between the U.S. and France is also on display. This friendship dates back to the American Revolution in 1780 when French troops arrived to help their American allies and George Washington to win their bid for independence.
50 French families opened their homes – and their hearts – this week to American soldiers visiting France to commemorate the Normandy Landing. The hosts showed the young Americans how well the French treat their guests.
“I had such an amazing time,” said Spc. Jessika Hurst, serving with the Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard. “They just kept coming out with more and more food. It was crazy, yet so delicious.”
Folloit said she hoped her family could experience the visits again. “This was a great night,” she said. “I am happy to have met these Americans tonight.”