Hello everyone,

I traveled 20 hours yesterday to get here last night and arrived, had some soup and went to bed.  Today was very moving and sweet.

What really touched me was how the photo of Dad and the photo of Gilbert from the 50th anniversary of D-Day (from when he was seven) were at the front of the coffin in the church.  The priest asked me to set it there during the memorial and I did.  I took a photo of it and hope you can see it.

All of Gilbert’s veteran friends were there with the flags.  We went and saw his body first, then to the church. There were at least 75 people there, then the crematorium to say a final farewell.  Then lots of people came over to Huguette’s for a lunch—about 20.  I took a nap about 3 and then at 5 we went to the cemetery to put his ashes into the crypt where Huguett’s family is buried.

Tomorrow, we go back to the cemetery and then to lunch at Cathy and Jean Louis’ house.

It has all been very emotional and touching.  Huguette is holding up well.  She is so strong.  I’m going to send the photos. No email here at Huguette’s but tomorrow at Cathy’s, I hope it will work or I can go to the MacDonalds here—they have wifi.

Till soon,

Diane

You can see the 'vieux soldats' older soldiers lined up with their flags.  the coffin is in front with the photo of dad and Gilbert in the front.

You can see the 'vieux soldats' older soldiers lined up with their flags. the coffin is in front with the photo of dad and Gilbert in the front.

A close up of the photo on the coffin in the church.

A close up of the photo on the coffin in the church.

the people here are, from the left,  Jean Louis (Cathy's husband), Romain, 2 of his friends, Romain's girlfriend, Huguette.  Cathy is sitting on the left of Jean Louis.  the people there are friends of the family.

the people here are, from the left, Jean Louis (Cathy's husband), Romain, 2 of his friends, Romain's girlfriend, Huguette. Cathy is sitting on the left of Jean Louis. the people there are friends of the family.

At the cemetary, with all the flours and plants from friends and family.  I'm glad we didn't get flowers--there were so many.  His ashes are in the urn.  They were put into the crypt and then it was bolted shut and there will be a plaque there.

At the cemetary, with all the flours and plants from friends and family. I'm glad we didn't get flowers--there were so many. His ashes are in the urn. They were put into the crypt and then it was bolted shut and there will be a plaque there.

'Traveling in Europe' 2008

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