Skip to comments.U.S. vet returns French war flag to Paris
Posted on 09/20/2010 8:51:32 AM PDT by Immerito
PARIS On the day Paris was liberated from the Nazis in 1944, a young American soldier nabbed a souvenir of epic proportions: He took home the French flag that hung from the Arc de Triomphe, a symbol of the end of four years of struggle and shame.
Six and a half decades later, the aging veteran has given the flag back to the city of Paris.
Officials from Paris City Hall took possession of the 12-meter (13-yard) tricolor flag Saturday in a ceremony in southern France, a step in its unusual journey from New York state back home to Paris. The American veteran remains anonymous, too ashamed to come forward.
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You, sir, have great honor.
Thank you for your service. If you are a Freeper, I hope you read this.
I disagree. He stole the national ensign of an allied power, at the height of their national clebration of freedom - and now feels guilty enough to return it. Not much honor in that. His service to the U.S. is a different matter, and I thank him for that.
In my view, the honor comes in his decision to return it. Sometimes, being honorable includes righting a past wrong, no matter how long ago the past wrong was committed.
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