Apr 06

Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day 2016

We attended the traditional event to pay tribute to those who served in the Vietnam War, held this year on April 2. The names of the 1741 New Yorkers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Vietnam War and of the 93 who fell in post-9/11 deployments were read in a ceremony at the Church of St. Andrew. The Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day Tribute and Expo was held in the 55 Water Street Promenade in Manhattan, adjacent to the Vietnam Veterans Plaza.
A large number of Veterans and friends were in attendance, the moral support for those who served was unmistakable.

Douglas McGowan, Chairman of the United War Veterans Council, Dan McSweeney, President of of the United War Veterans Council, Monsignor Leslie J. Ivers, Director of the Ongoing Formation of Priests in the Archdiocese of New York, Dr. Loree Sutton, NYC Commissioner of Veterans Affairs, Jamal Othman, Deputy Director of the NY State Division of Veterans Affairs, Paul Bucha, who received the Congressional Medal of Honor as an Army Captain, Letitia James, Public Advocate for the City of New York and Sue Malley, Director of the New York Regional Office of the Veterans Benefits Administration addressed the audience.
Michelle DellaFave, alumna of the Bob Hope USO Tours to Vietnam performed the national Anthem.

The Federation was represented by our President Alain Dupuis, Joseph Crouzilhat, Henri Dubarry and Daniel Falgerho.

Alain Charles, architect and President of the American Memorial Association of St Nazaire also attended the ceremony. The Association is dedicated to the creation of a virtual Memorial to the pilots and crews of the 8th US Air Force who perished during the operations in the St Nazaire area in 1944. St Nazaire is also home to a monument commemorating the arrival of US troops under the command of General Pershing in 1917. A creation of the artist Gertrude V. Whitney the monument was destroyed by German troops in 1941 and rebuilt in 1989. More information is available on:

http://www.b17-france.org/


Photos: Daniel Falgerho

Nov 16

Dr. Van Bockstaele receives the Legion of Honor

Our dear friend and past President Dr. Pierre Van Bockstaele receives the knight’s cross of the French Legion of Honor, France’s highest award from the hands His Excellency François Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United Nations in a ceremony held on 12 November at the French Mission to the UN. Dr. Van Bockstaele had a brilliant career in both general surgery and vascular surgery at harlem Hospital, as a teacher and as certified physician to the Consulate General of France for several years. He also served as President of the Federation of French War Veterans. He was generous with his time and talents and many owe him a debt of gratitude.

Nov 13

Veterans’ Day March 2015 in New York / Défilé du 11 novembre 2015

A delegation of the Federation participated in the Veterans’ Day March on November 11 2015. M. Yann Yochum, Vice Consul represented the Consul General of France. Our President Alain Dupuis, Henri Dubarry, Treasurer, Pierre Martinez, Color Guard and Daniel Falgerho, 2nd Vice President (behind the camera) were in attendance. The event was spectacular, as it is every year. The Cadets La Fayette made up of students of the Lycé Français with our former President André Ferrara on the bass drum performed brilliantly under the direction of Jacques Létalon.
Photo: Daniel Falgerho


Nov 10

Mass and Lunch of November 2015 / Messe et banquet d’automne 2015

We met to hear Mass at the Church of Notre Dame (New York) on 8 November 2015. Mass by celebrated by Msgr. John Paddack, Chaplain of the Federation. The Consul General of France was represented by Mme. Hélène Ringot, Vice Consul. Our president Alain Dupuis was present as were Mme Françoise Cestac, Special Counsellor, Dr. Pierre VanBockstaele, his wife Isabelle and her brothers General Carlos Martinez and Eric Martinez, Paul Garabedian, Secretary of the Federation, Henri Dubarry, Treasurer, Michel Longchampt, Pierre Martinez, Color Guard, Mme. Martinez and Daniel Falgerho, 2n Vice-President, Colonel Serge Gabriel former President of the American Society of Le Souvenir Français.
Mmes. Monique Picot, Josette Jondeau, Adèle Rysavy, Madeleine Richard, Jacqueline Vanier were also in attendance.
We proceeded for lunch to La Bonne Soupe which was founded by our dear departed comrade Jean-Paul Picot whose high standards still prevail.
M. Jean Lachaud, president of the American Society of Le Souvenir Français and Lt. Col. Patrick du Tertre also of Le Souvenir Français joined us and Msgr. John Paddack pronounced the invocation.
Photo: Daniel Falgerho

Nov 10

Ceremony at Flushing & Cypress Hills Cemeteries / Cérémonie en hommage à nos morts

Faithful to tradition, we met to honor our departed comrades on 31 October 2015 at the French War Veterans’ section of Flushing Cemetery and at Cypress Hills Cemetery where 24 French sailors who perished in the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918 while they were on active duty on French Navy ships.
Msgr. John Paddack pronounced the invocation at both ceremonies. M. Yann Yochum, Vice-Consul represented the Consul General of France. The Federation was represented by our President Alain Dupuis, Mme Françoise Cestac, Special Counsellor, Paul Garabedian, Secretary, Henri Dubarry, Treasurer, Pierre Martinez, Color Guard and 2nd Vice President Daniel Falgerho.
The American Society of Le Souvenir Français was represented by M. Jean Lachaud, President and Colonel Serge Gabriel and his wife Marilyn.
Photography: Daniel Falgerho

Jun 16

Mass and Lunch of May 2015/Messe et banquet de mai 2015

On May 3, 2015 we met at the Church of Notre Dame for mass celebrated b.y Msgr. John Paddack. Besides the magnificent Choir of Sainte Marie Reine under the direction of Sylvestre Kouadio we enjoyed a performance by 4 members of Bagad Lann-Bihoué. A Bagad is a traditional Breton pipe band and Bagad Lann Bihoué is a unit of the French Navy (Marine Nationale) Our thanks for arranging this visit go tour our dear friend Charles Kergaravat, president of Breizh-Amerika, an organization dedicated to promoting cultural exchanges between America and Brittany: http://www.breizh-amerika.com/ and to our President Alain Dupuis who participated in the diplomatic efforts.
After mass we met for lunch at La Bonne Soupe, our favorite restaurant in New York which keeps up a proud tradition under the able leadership of Monique and Yves Picot.
Photo: Daniel Falgerho


May 01

Alain Dupuis and Fabrice Jaumont receive the Medal of Appreciation of the Committee of French Speaking Societies

On December 12, 2014, in ceremony presided over by M. Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France and M. Bertrand Lortholary, Consul General of France Dr. Gérard Epelbaum awarded the Committee’s Medal of Appreciation to our President Alain Dupuis and to Fabrice Jaumont, Education Attaché at the Embassy of France in Washington.
Photo: Daniel Falgerho

Mar 31

Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day 2015

The names of the 1741 New Yorkers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Vietnam War and of the 93 who fell in post-9/11 deployments were read in a ceremony at the Church of St. Andrew on March 28, 2015. The Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day Tribute and Expo was held in the 55 Water Street Promenade in Manhattan, adjacent to the Vietnam Veterans Plaza.
A large number of Veterans and friends were in attendance, the moral support for those who served was unmistakable.
Patrick Gualtieri, a Vietnam Veteran who produced these events for over a decade, Vince McGowan, Chair of the NYC Veterans Advisory Board, Dan McSweeney, Councilman Eric Ulrich, Dr. Loree Sutton, NYC Commissioner of Veterans Affairs, NYPD Deputy Chief Patrick McCarthy, Jamal Othman, Deputy Director of the NY State Division of Veterans Affairs and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer addressed the audience.
Michelle DellaFave, alumna of the Bob Hope USO Tours to Vietnam performed the national Anthem.
The Federation was represented by our President Alain Dupuis and daniel Falgerho, 2nd Vice President.
Photo: Daniel Falgerho


Dec 17

Events of November and December 2014 / Manifestations de novembre et décembre 2014

–On November 1, on a rainy day we gathered to honor our departed comrades at the Flushing Cemetery and proceeded to Cypress Hills Cemetery where 25 French Sailors who served in the First World War and died while on duty were buried in 1918. Mgr. John Paddack gave the benediction. M. Bernard Faro, Deputy Consul General of France, Deputy Commissioner of Veterans’ Affairs Clarice Joynes and Charles Kergavarat, representing the Breton association BZH NY attended the ceremonies. The Federation was represented by Mme. Françoise Cestac, Head Counsel, our President Alain Dupuis, Joseph Crouzilhat, Paul Garabedian, Jean Stefkovic, Pierre Martinez, Henri Dubarry and Daniel Falgerho.

–On November 7, in a ceremony at the Lycée Français, M. Bertrand Lortholary, Consul General of France and M. Guy Wildenstein, President of the American Society of the French Legion of Honor awarded the Knight Cross of the Legion of Honor to 27 US Veterans of participated in the liberation of France in the Second World War. M. Nicolas L’hotelier, Principal of the Lycée Français. Former Commissioner of Veterans’ Affairs Terrance Holliday and his wife Marta, Jean Lachaud, President of the American Society of Le Souvenir Français, Nicholas Dungan, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, our dear friend Arnold Franco among many others. The Federation was represented by our President Alain Dupuis, Mme Françoise Cestac, Joseph Crouzilhat, First Vice President, Daniel Falgerho, Michel Longchampt, André Ferrara,Jean Stefkovic, Henri Dubarry, Pierre Martinez.
M. Lortholary, Terrance Holliday and Alain Dupuis laid a wreath before the plaques bearing the names of Veterans of the American Field Service and of the French Forces who died in service int the WWI and WWII.

–On November 9, we attended Mass celebrated by Mgr. John Paddack at the Church of Notre Dame and met for lunch at the Harmonie Club. In attendance were M. Bertrand Lortholary, Consul General of France, our President Alain Dupuis, Mme Françoise Cestac, Joseph Crouzilhat, !st Vice President, Michel Longchampt, Jean Stefkovíc, Paul Garabedian, Henri Dubarry, Pierre Martinez, Maurice Figuères, Daniel Falgerho, Mme Monique Picot and Yves Picot.
At the Harmonie Club M. Yahia Hadi, Chief of Social Services at the Consulate General, Mme Françoise Cestac, Ms. Diane Hawkins and Mr. Christopher Carey, General Manager of the Harmonie Club addressed the audience. M. Patrick du Tertre d’Elmarcq presented the documentary he produced on the celebration on June 6, 2014 of the D-Day landing. Thie event “The French Will Never Forget 2014 can be seen on: http://www.thefrenchwillneverforget.com/

–On November 11 we participated in the Veterans’ Day March on 5th Avenue. Our president Alain Dupuis, Mme. Josette Rondeau, Joseph Crouzilhat, 1st Vice President, Daniel Falgerho, 2nd Vice President, Pierre Martinez, Henri Dubarry and Daniel Falgerho represented the Federation.
The Cadets La Fayette’s band with a majority of students of the Lycée Français under the direction of Jacques Létalon performed brilliantly as they do every year.

–On December 4, at End of Year Reception of the Committee of French Speaking Societies held at the Consulate General of France, our President Alain Dupuis and Fabrice Jaunt, Education Attaché at the Embassy of France to the US received Committee’s Medal of Appreciation for their service to the French speaking community. M. Bernard Araud, Ambassador of France, M. Bertrand Lortholary, Consul General, M. Bernard Faro, Deputy Consul General, Dr. Gérard Epelbaum, President of the Committee, Mme. Françoise Cestac, the Federation Head Counsel, M. Jean Lachaud, President of the American Society of Le Souvenir Français were in attendance.


Photography: Daniel Falgerho

Jun 19

Ceremonies at Cypress Hills and Flushing Cemeteries / Cérémonies aux cimetières de Cypress Hills et de Flushing

We met at Cypress Hills Cemetery on June 7, 2014 to honor the memory of 25 French Sailors who died in active service in the First World War and were buried there in 1918. These were men who had participated in convoy escort and anti-submarine warfare and died of the deadly Spanish Influenza as a result of their living in close quarters on the ships.
M. Bertrand Lortholary, Consul General of France, Captain Serge Bordarier, commanding the French Frigate La Fayette and a detachment from his ship were in attendance as well as Captain Luc Pagès, Naval Attaché.
A Color Guard from the New York Army National Guard was present.
Msgr. John Paddack, Chaplain of the Federation pronounced the invocation, M. Bertrand Lortholary, Mr. Terrance Holliday, Commissioner of Veteran’s’ Affairs, Mme. Françoise Cestac, Captain Bordarier, Jean Lachaud, President of the American Society of “Le Souvenir Français”, and our President Alain Dupuis addressed the audience and paid homage to the fallen Sailors.
The Consul General, Captain Bordarier , Terrance Holliday and Jean Lachaud laid two wreaths by the tombs.
The entire delegation then proceeded to Flushing Cemetery where Eugene Bullard, a Volunteer American Flyer who distinguished himself while serving with the French Forces in the First World War is buried in the French War Veterans’ plot.
A Color Guard of the US Air Force joined us for this second ceremony.
The Consul General, Captain Bordarier , Terrance Holliday and Jean Lachaud laid two wreaths at the French War Veterans’ Memorial Monument.
The Federation was represented by Alain Dupuis, President, Mme. Françoise Cestac, Special Counsel, Rocco Moretto, Honorary Member and D-Day Veteran, Joseph Crouzilhat, 1st Vice President, Daniel Falgerho, 2n Vice President, André Ferrara, Past President, Jen Stefkovíc, Treasurer, Henri Dubarry and Pierre Martinez, Color Guard.
We wish to express our sincere thanks to the New York Army National Guard and to the US Air Force for their participation.


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