I am a student of history. History tells the story of people. If you read history, you will learn something, or be reminded of something. You will find how the pieces of the puzzle of human and national relations fit, and you will understand the present.
At the very least you will never be bored.
|Bastille Day Fireworks over the Pont Alexandre III, Paris|
My father loved France. I studied the French language. I was 2/3 of the way to being fluent. I am a little out of practice now. But my French served me well when I visited Paris and loved nearly every minute of it.
My studies in history have made me aware of something that is not generally known nowadays:
|P. O'Brien - The Battle of the Chesapeake|
Charles E. Stanton, an aide of General John ('Black Jack') Pershing, upon landing in France during World War I, gave this speech at the tomb of Lafayette at the cemetery of Picpus in Paris:
I wish the citizens of France a splendid Bastille day, and years of prosperity and peace.“America has joined forces with the Allied Powers, and what we have of blood and treasure are yours. Therefore it is that with loving pride we drape the colors in tribute of respect to this citizen of your great republic. And here and now, in the presence of the illustrious dead, we pledge our hearts and our honor in carrying this war to a successful issue. Lafayette, we are here.”
Vive la France!