Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Dispatch from the field: General Welsh participates in French ceremony noting American independence

The Association of Washington Generals recently received this report from General John Welsh:

Commander Sperry, I was honored to receive an invitation for the July 4 ceremony noting American independence at Picpus Cemetery in Paris, held at Lafayette’s gravesite, attended by US and French diplomatic officials.  

The invitation came from the French Branch of the Society of Sons of the American Revolution i(SAR) in which I am an honorary member, as well as being a member of the American Branch of the SAR.   (My curriculum vita included membership is the Society of Washington Generals.)   

Afterwards, the invitees moved to the Palais de Luxembourg, the seat of the French Senate, for a program followed by  dinner in the Senate dining room.  I was later treated to dinner in the gala “Restaurant Opera” at the Caf√© de la Paix, followed the next day by a day trip to the refurbished 18th century Chateau de Chantilly.  

My colleagues are arranging a program next year at the Palace of Versailles featuring “George Washington” and his French ally, the “Comte de Rochambeau,” in a salute to the French/American alliance.   France is America’s longest ally, and entered into a formal military alliance with Congress during the American Revolution.  The French corps in America was led by Lt. Gen. Rochambeau.  The joint allies defeated the British army at Yorktown which ended the war, and the peace treaty was signed in Paris in 1783.    

John Beresford Welsh, Esq.

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