Graves of British soldiers targeted in several cemeteries in Finistère

Graves of British soldiers targeted in several cemeteries in Finistère
Graves of British soldiers targeted in several cemeteries in Finistère

Why are the graves of British soldiers targeted in Finistère? “This is a question I would very much like to know the answer to. comments François Fouré general delegate of the memorial association Le Souvenir français. Who could have done this? Where does such disrespect come from? It’s incomprehensible. »

Without claim or explanation

At least eight cemeteries in the north of the department are affected by this series of damage, without any claim or explanation. Flowers and wreaths are thrown and trampled. The commemorative plaques disappear. In Guipavas, Plougastel-Daoulas, Brignogan, Le Folgoët, La Forest-Landerneau and Ploudaniel, funerary ornaments cannot be found.

The phenomenon started at the beginning of the week. The vandals exclusively target the graves of English fighters who died in Finistère during the Second World War. Veterans’ associations and Le Souvenir français began to file complaints.

” Distressing “

“I noticed, Monday morning, that the wreaths and crosses placed on the two graves of Allied soldiers had been stripped of their flowers and their crosses. I don’t understand how we can fall this low. It’s distressing”reacts, “appalled”, Pascal Kerboul, the mayor of Folgoët. 

In Gouesnou, the small traditional wooden crosses placed in front of the graves were stolen. The wreath laid by the British delegation during the May 8 commemorations also vanished. And the poppy wreaths that decorate the graves were found in municipal trash cans.

Same sad observation in Plounéour-Brignogan-Plages where five tombstones and memories were stolen, in addition to flowers and wreaths. And where the monument dedicated to the soldiers of the destroyer HMCS Athabaskan was visited. “This Canadian destroyer sank off our coast during the Second World Warcomments, “disgusted”Mayor Pascal Goulaouic. All that remains is the wreath laid during the commemorative ceremonies on April 28, 2024. This is unacceptable! »

At the Folgoët cemetery (here during the ceremony of May 8, 2024), the lawn and the plaques have disappeared. | WEST FRANCE
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At the Folgoët cemetery (here during the ceremony of May 8, 2024), the lawn and the plaques have disappeared. | WEST FRANCE

Lack of memory culture

“It is always sad, distressing and shocking when the already very long list of vandalized monuments, steles, tombs and military squares grows even longer, concludes François Fouré. These monuments, these tombs and these steles share a common history. »

Invoking “a crucial misunderstanding of history”, the general delegate of French Souvenir accuses a “obvious lack of memory culture”.

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