Commemorative ceremony unveiling of a plaque: Colonel Henri-Frédéric Manhès forever linked to Étampes

Commemorative ceremony unveiling of a plaque: Colonel Henri-Frédéric Manhès forever linked to Étampes
Commemorative ceremony unveiling of a plaque: Colonel Henri-Frédéric Manhès forever linked to Étampes

Mail Gabriel-Gautron, rue Pierre Audemard, rue Louis-Moreau, rue Jean-Baptiste Eynard, square Pierre Pecquet… The City of Étampes has always been keen to pay tribute to the illustrious resistance fighters who fought during the Second World War.

This Sunday, June 23, a major event was held in the Petit-Saint-Mars district and which will mark a new place to cultivate the Duty of Memory following this commemorative ceremony for the inauguration of the street sign in the name of Colonel Henri-Frédéric Manhès.

Around the Mayor of Étampes Franck Marlin and numerous elected officials from the Council, this commemorative ceremony brought together many personalities, notably Catherine Fidelle-Schreiber (great-grandniece of Colonel Henri-Frédéric Manhès), Roger Montagnier (representative of the National Federation of Deportees and Internees, Resistants and Patriots), Brigitte Fort-Vernière (president of the Association of Deportees and Internees, Resistants and Patriots of Essonne), Noëlle Aly (representing General Baptiste, national delegate of the Order of the Liberation), but also representatives of patriotic and memorial associations of Étampes, standard bearers, firefighters, young firefighters and the Étampes battery-fanfare.

The master of ceremonies Alexandre Guérin recalled that this inauguration came “from a request from the National Federation of Deportees and Internees, Resistants and Patriots (FNDIRP) to which the City immediately adhered. You should know that Étampes is a town of memory, respect and duty. Now, Colonel Henri-Frédéric Manhès will join the local figures of deportation with this plaque unveiled a few meters from the house where he was born, on June 9, 1889.

Franck Marlin also spoke with emotion to underline the fact “that certain ceremonies do us good. Henri-Frédéric Manhès, hero of Étampes, hero of the Nation. In these times, it is always important to remember the memory of those who got involved. I am speaking today to thank his commitment and his action. Just like the other illustrious personalities who are inscribed on our walls, these are people who are in our hearts forever. Thank you also to the FNDIRP for asking us to introduce us to this hero, companion of Jean Moulin. He is one of its men and women who committed themselves to the end of their convictions, to the point of being deported to Buchenwald and becoming witnesses to the horror they experienced. Let’s just testify to the new generation represented today that without these heroes, we probably wouldn’t be here. You have to know how to say no. We will forever continue to honor their memory. »

After the chant of the Partisans taken up by the assembly and a minute of silence, the ceremony ended in the courtyard of the municipal kitchen where a fascinating exhibition detailed the life of this great man, forever linked to our City and our country.

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