July 4, 1917 - "Lafayette, we are here."

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On July 4, 1917, General John J. Pershing marched American dough-boys into Paris in the first public display of American troops as the United States officially entered WWI.  The American troops continued their march through Paris until they reached the tomb of Marquise de Lafayette.  


As the Parisians looked on, Colonel Charles Stanton stopped at Lafay
ette's tomb and declared, "Lafayette, we are here."  General Pershing announced that the Americans were there to return the favor.  The independence of America has aided many in their own independence.  God bless this great country, and happy Independence Day!  

General Pershing also brought a layer of American soil which he placed on Lafayette's grave.  At the completion, he said, "Now Lafayette is buried under American soil."

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Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
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Lafayette presented one of the keys to the Bastille to Jefferson, his good friend.  It is in Monticello today.  The Marquis was a good friend to America.

Jul 04, 2013 12:23 AM #1
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Brad MacKenzie
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Happy Fourth to you and yours. May your fireworks be crackin'!

Jul 04, 2013 12:36 AM #2
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Dick Greenberg
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Hi Mike - Interesting bit of history. We often forget the contributions of the French to the success of our early days, even though I suspect they were just doing it to annoy the British. Have a great 4th!

Jul 04, 2013 12:54 AM #3
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Will Hamm
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Hello Mike, thanks for the history lesson.  It is great to find things like this out.  Have a happy fourth of July.

Jul 04, 2013 12:55 AM #4
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Kevin J. May
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And return the favor he did Mike.  We are steeped in military history.  Enjoy our Independence Day!

Jul 04, 2013 12:59 AM #5
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John McCormack, CRS
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Wishing you a Safe & Happy July 4th  from Albuquerque New Mexico!

Jul 04, 2013 01:15 AM #6
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Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
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Yes he was, Jay.  Happy 4th.

Thanks, Brad.  Enjoy your 4th.

That wouldn't surprise me at all, Dick.  Happy 4th.

Thank you, Will.  You too.

You too, Kevin.

Thanks, John.  The same to you and yours.

Jul 04, 2013 02:57 AM #7
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James Dray
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Morning Mike believe it or not this one I knew.  Anyway hope you enjoyed the fourth. 

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