Editorial. “To remember is not to live in the past.”

May 30, 2024 by Francoise Fontanelle

80 years ago: Normandy / Vosges

Remembering is not living in the past. Knowing your history, whether personal, local or collective, allows you to have, under your feet, the support you need to stand, anchored in the present, and move towards the future.

This month of June is an opportunity to remember a world event: the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Normandy. On June 6, 1944, the courage of the Allied troops made it possible to liberate France and Europe from the Nazi yoke. On June 6, 2024, while the cameras will be focused on the Channel and Calvados, in the Vosges, we will remember – or we will discover – that by plasticizing the railway line between Épinal and Strasbourg, by destroying the Sarifaing viewpoint and by attacking the Taintrux garrison, a hundred resistance fighters from the Corcieux maquis prevented 10,000 German soldiers from joining the Normandy front, helping to change the course of History. Of these men, nine were killed in combat, 29 were shot and 43 deported (18 of whom did not return) following Nazi reprisals.

In June, and throughout the summer, numerous events, ceremonies, conferences, exhibitions will be organized at Vittel, Épinal, Saint-Dié-des-VosgesOr Zincourtamong others, to remember the Liberation of the department in 1944.

Winston Churchill said: “A people who do not know their past are condemned to reliving it. » Let’s try to remember that.

Arromanches Beach (code name Gold Beach) is, with Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, Gold Beach, Juno Beach and Sword Beach, one of the 5 D Day theater beaches. The remains of Mulberry Bridge, an artificial port built to supply the Allies in the days following the Normandy landings, are still present. © AdobeStock -phildu56



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