Dec 05

US VETERANS RECEIVE THE LEGION OF HONOR/VETERANS AMERICAINS DECORES DE LA LEGION D’HONNEUR

On November 14, 2016 in a ceremony held at the French Lycée of New York, 14 Veterans who participated in the liberation of France during the Second World War received the Knight’s Cross of the French Legion of Honor from the hands of Ms. Anne-Claire Legendre, Consul General of France and of Mr. Guy Wildenstein, President of the American Society of the French Legion of Honor.
Five cadets ofn the French Military Academy of St-Cyr/Coetquidan attending courses at West Point participated in the ceremony.
The Federation was represented by our president Alain Dupuis, Henri Dubarry, Treasurer, Pierre Martinez, Yves Busnel and Daniel Falgerho.
Jean Lachaud, President of the American Society of Le Souvenir Français, Jacques Letalon and Les Cadets La Fayette including André Ferrara at the bass drum were in attendance.


Photos: Daniel Falgerho

Nov 24

Homage to our dead/Cérémonies aux Cimetières

As we do each we met to honor our departed comrades by laying a wreath on October 29, 2016 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 vessels.
Mr. Eric Bayer, Deputy Consul General of France and Mr. Terrance Holliday, former Commssioner of Veterans’ Affairs joined us. The Federation was represented by our President Alain Dupuis, Mme Françoise Cestac, Special Counsellor, Joseph Crouzilhat, 1st Vice President, Paul Garabedian, Secretary, Henri Dubarry, Treasurer, Pierre Martinez, Armand Innocenti, Michel Dumerchat Color Guard and 2nd Vice President Daniel Falgerho.
The American Society of Le Souvenir Français was represented by its President Mr. Jean Lachaud.


photos: Daniel Falgerho

Nov 22

Mass and luncheon November 2016/Messe et banquet de novembre 2016

Following a long tradition of the Federation we meet every year on the Sunday closest to November 11 to attend mass and repair for lunch. This year mass was celebrated on nNovember 6th at the church of Notre Dame by our chaplain Msgr. John Paddack.
Our sincere thanks go to Monique Picot and Yves Picot who hosted us at La Bonne Soupe for a superb lunch.
Alain Dupuis, President, Mme Françoise Cestac, Special Advisor, Joseph Crouzilhat, 2st VP, Paul Garabedian, Secretary, Henri Dubarry, Treasurer, Dr Pierre Van Bockstaele, Isabelle VasnBockstaele, Maurice Figuères, Michel Dumerchat, Pierre Martinez, Michel Boulard and Daniel Falgerho, 2nd VP were present along with a good number of our faithful friends. Jacques Letalon, band leader of the Cadets La fayette and his young student Mathieu performed “La Sonnerie Aux Morts” – the French equivalent of “Taps”
The Consul General was represented by Mme Hélène Ringot, Vice Consul and head of Social Services at the Consulate.
Msgr John Paddack, Father Michael Halloran, Serge Gabriel, Patrick du Tertre, President of the Association of French Reserve Officers in the US, Jean Lachaud, President of the American Society of Le Souvenir Français were in attendance.
Isabelle VanBockstaele interpreted of the national anthems and presented Monique Picot with a beautiful portrait she painted of our regretted comrade Jean-Paul Picot who founded La Boone Soupe in 1973.


photos: Daniel Falgerho

Nov 21

Commemoration of the battles of Saratoga and Yorktown

This commemoration held in the churchyard of Trinity Church on Broadway was organised by the Lower Manhattan Historical Society with the participation of the Sons of the American Revolution in the State of New York, the 1st New York Continental Chapter of the Sons of the American revolution, the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society and the National Democratic. This event honoring Genral Horatio Gates, Colonel Marinus Willett and Alexander Hamilton is in its fourth year.
The Consul General of France Anne-Claire Legendre and General Thierry Lion, Head of the french Military Mission to the UN laid a wreath on the tomb of Alexander Hamilton. Delegates of the Daughters of the American Revolution and of the Sons of the American Revoluton laid a wreath at the tomb of General Horatio Gates. Members of the Loer Manhattan Historical Society laid a wreath at the tomb of Marinus Willett, prominent leader in the American Revolution and hero of the Battle of Fort Stanwix.
Lt Col Stephen J Ryan, US Army Res, Commandant of the Veteran Artillery Corps received the First Annual Gates and Hamilton Ceremony Award.
The ceremony was attended by Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President, Jean Lachaud, President of the American Society of Le Souvenir Français and benefitted from the very effetive efforts of Fredric P Vigneron, Colonel in the French Air Force Reserves.
Our Federation was represented by Alain Dupuis, President, Joseph Crouzilhat, !st VP, Daniel Falgerho, 2nd VP, Henri Dubarry, Treasurer, Michel Dumerchat and Pierre Martinez, Color Guard.
The Veteran Corps of Artillery in splendid uniforms made a deep impression. The Corps was formed in 1790 by veterans of Washington’s army. Its current Commandant Col Stephen J Ryan served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Djibouti and Nairobi.


Photos Daniel falgerho

Nov 20

Visit of the FREMM Languedoc

The Multi-Mission Frigate Languedoc docked in Brooklyn form September 1st to September 6, 2016.This 8000-ton warship, 142-meter-long, built for surface combat and anti-submarine and anti-aircraft fight, was delivered to the French Marine Nationale on March 16th, 2016. Its combat system is conceived to integrate information from radars, sonars and infrareds. It is capable of handling technical liaisons and thus contains 21 million lines of code, making it a jewel of modernity. It is under the command of Captain Guillaume Arnoux who greeted us on board on September 1st.
of FranceThe reception was attended by Ms. Anne-Claire Legendre, Consul General, Mr. Eric Bayer, Deputy Consul General, Lt Col Patrick du Tertre, President of the Association of French Reserve Officers in the US.
We had the pleasure to meet Col Jason R Musteen, Chief of the Military History Division at the US Military Academy and our dear friend Col (USAF, Ret) Terrance Holliday, Former NYC Commissioner of Veterans’ Affairs.
The Federation was represented by our President Alain Dupuis, 1st Voce President Joseph Crouzilhat, 2nd Vice President Daniel Falgerho, Treasurer henri Dubarry, Pierre martinez and Yves Busnel, members of the Color Guard.


photos: Daniel Falgerho

Nov 19

VETERANS’ DAY 2016 IN NEW YORK

The traditional Veterans’ Day Parade produced by the United War Veterans Council was held on Friday November 11, 2016 on 5th Avenue in New York City.
We were honored to have Ms. Anne-Claire Legendre, Consul General of France was in attendance.
Our group was represented by Alain Dupuis, President, Paul Garabedian, Secretary, Henri Dubarry, Treasurer, Pierre Martinez, André Ferrara, Color Guard, Michel Dumerchat, Michel Boulard and Daniel Falgerho, 2nd Vice President. Jacques Letalon, Bandmaster and Les Cadets Lafayette made a spectacular appearance.
A delegation of cadets of the French Military Academy (Ecole Spéciale Militaire de St-Cyr) attending courses at West Point drew much attention in their full dress uniform based on the Infantry uniform of 1845.
Pershing Generally Speaking and WW I Doughboys Long Island Living History Association in impeccably accurate uniforms and equipment of the First World War campaign also drew much admiration.


Photos: Daniel Falgerho

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

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