Tags: EU | France | Lafayette Escadrille

Ceremony Honors American Airmen Who Fought for France in WWI

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 06:07 AM EDT

MARNES-LA-COQUETTE, France (AP) — A ceremony outside of Paris is honoring the lives of the American pilots who volunteered to fight for France during World War I.

The commemoration, which is due to include a fly-by featuring French fighter jets, an American bomber and a biplane, marks the centenary of the formation of the Lafayette Escadrille on April 20, 1916 — almost a full year before the U.S. entered the war.

The unit, also known as the Lafayette Flying Corps, was named after the 18th-century French general who played a key role in the American Revolution.

Of the nearly 180 pilots who served for France, 68 were killed before the end of the war. Their names are recorded on an arch in Marnes-la-Coquette , outside of Paris, where Wednesday's ceremony is taking place.

© Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Europe
A ceremony outside of Paris is honoring the lives of the American pilots who volunteered to fight for France during World War I.The commemoration, which is due to include a fly-by featuring French fighter jets, an American bomber and a biplane, marks the centenary of the...
EU,France,Lafayette Escadrille
131
2016-07-20
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 06:07 AM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
 
TOP

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
NEWSMAX.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved