On July 4th, 2007, around 2,500 people gathered at the "Omaha Beach" landing site at Normandy where they spelled out the words "France will never forget" in giant letters with their bodies, accompanied by large flags of both France and the United States.
Even after the ridiculous behavior of denouncing France and renaming our foods "Freedom Fries", "Freedom Toast" simply because France dared to voice the opinion that we were making a mistake with the war on Iraq, France still maintained the historic moral high ground and expressed its gratitude to the brave men and women who gave their lives defending the freedom of France.
France has always held the United States in special regard as a sort of brother in arms, a role model in the quest for freedom. This was their motivation for building us the Statue of Liberty and continues today to motivate them to look past our childish actions and remember the brave country whose founding fathers shrugged off the yoke of oppression in pursuit of the ideals of Freedom and Liberty, and whose sons and daughters gave their lives during World War 2 to help defend the Free World in Europe.
Europe has always had a longer memory than America... they come from a much longer history... where the soil itself speaks of millennia of Empires come and gone.
Let's hope that America will some day gain this same sense of history, maturity and humility.
Vive la France!