This is one of my favorite 4th of July stories. It tells a lot about what a great country the USA has been. I trust we will once again gain that spirit and integrity.
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 Lafayette'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.
Pershing and his men placed an American flag at the head of Lafayette's tomb and every Independence Day since, it is replaced with a fresh one. Even during Nazi occupation, the star and stripes flew at Lafayette's tomb. God bless this great country, and happy Independence Day!