click here.) It is the march that Ohio State University adopted for their football team "Ohio Script." I found a video of an old recording of this march with vintage postcards of the war of 14-18.
This 14th of July was also the 50th anniversary of the independence of 13 African francophone countries. During the wars of 1914-18 and 1939-45 they were French colonies. No heads of states of the 80 countries were invited as this was a "soldiers" commemoration. The parade included a 1917 American ambulance and taxis from the Marne, which were requisitioned in September 1914 by General Gallieni to bring rapid reinforcements to the Marne battle theater. Finally an artillery troop wearing original 1916 uniforms came in a cart pulling a famous 75 mm field gun, 1897 model. This field gun was extremely accurate, quick firing and for its time was a technological success. It was used for 50 years between 1897 and 1945 and is regarded as the first modern artillery piece.
The program ended with 250 young people, 18 to 25 years old, from the 80 countries invited. They danced with a dove in their hands to represent peace. At the end of the dance they let the birds go as a symbol of peace.
Later on I watched, live, the fireworks from the Eiffel Tower, but this will be in my next post. More to come ...