Friday, June 6, 2014

A Grateful Tribute from the French to be Held over the Statue of Liberty Today: NYC, June 6

To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, an organization called The French Will Never Forget will conduct a helicopter flyover and ceremonial release of one million rose petals (weather permitting) over the Statue of Liberty today, Friday, June 6, between 11:30 AM – 12 PM.

The activity will consist of two AS365 helicopters executing the petal release and one additional helicopter for filming at an altitude of approximately 100 feet above the statue. This event is expected to last approximately 5-7 minutes.

Two gigantic French and American flags of the association, which are very symbolic as they have been used in all the other events of the association including on Omaha Beach, will be unfurled at the statue's feet by over 100 French and American children. 

The French Naval Frigate Lafayette
 In addition, the French Naval Frigate Lafayette will participate by positioning itself adjacent to the Statue of Liberty in the Hudson River from 10 AM – 2 PM. A 21-gun salute will be conducted at approximately 12 PM.

A reception on Liberty Island will follow the event. Dignitaries will speak, WWII veterans will be recognized, Honor Guards will be present, and both national anthems will be performed. 

The U.S. Coast Guard will provide a safety zone in the Hudson River for the aviation activity and the positioning of the frigate. 


73,000 US Army troops engaged in the largest amphibious landing in history. By the end of the Day the liberation of France had begun and 2,500 young Americans had made the ultimate sacrifice. 

The French people today will express their gratitude to America, their oldest friend and ally, for their regained freedom.

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