Bagnac-sur-Célé. Jules Hélies in the spotlight for Black Day

Bagnac-sur-Célé. Jules Hélies in the spotlight for Black Day
Bagnac-sur-Célé. Jules Hélies in the spotlight for Black Day

A large crowd came to participate in the double ceremony to honor the armistice of May 8, but also to remember the “black day” of Friday May 12, 1944.

It was on the fairground, on this market day, under the marble plaque on which the names of the 43 deportees are engraved, at 11:15 a.m. that two wreaths were laid, one from the Association of the children of these deportees and one from the town, marking the eightieth anniversary of this funeral day. Pierre Aymard, the only survivor of the roundup, was present on the eve of his 97th birthday.

It was together that everyone went to the foot of the war memorial, joined by the brigade. In this ceremony, in the presence of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, it was the memory of Jules Hélies that was honored; cowardly assassinated on June 3, 1944 by the Germans while he was picking cherries from a tree in Bouluech, the soldiers left him to die in the meadow all day, bloodless and like a flickering candle, he died in the night ; he was 60 years old. Research and then requests led to the recognition of “Death for ”; also, to continue remembering, his name is definitively engraved in the marble of the Bagnac war memorial. The ceremony, under a radiant sun finally returning, ended with a snack offered by the town hall.

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