FRENCH NAVY FRIGATE LA FAYETTE CAPTAIN AND CREW JOIN IN YORKTOWN'S MEMORIAL DAY COMMEMORATION CEREMONIES June 11, 2014
THE FRENCH NAVAL FRIGATE LA FAYETTE CREDIT: NAVAL WEAPONS STATION YORKTOWN
CAPTAIN SERGE BORDARIER, CENTER/STANDING, SALUTES THE ENDURING FRIENDSHIP IN TIMES OF PEACE AND WAR AT THE YORKTOWN, VIRGINIA MONUMENT TO VICTORY AND ALLIANCE ON JUNE 2, 2014. CREDIT: MIKE GOODING, 13NEWS NOW
AT THE YORKTOWN MONUMENT TO VICTORY AND ALLIANCE, THE YORKTOWN FIFE & DRUM PERFORM A MUSICAL SALUTE. CREDIT: MIKE GOODING, 13NEWS NOW
On Monday, June 2, 2014, the French Navy Frigate, La Fayette, stopped at Yorktown, Virginia, to commemorate the long friendship, in peace and war, between France and the United States.
The French Frigate’s visit was the centerpiece of Yorktown’s Memorial Day commemoration ceremonies that honored the sailors and soldiers who battled together at the Yorktown siege in 1781. It was that Franco-American defeat of General Cornwallis’s army — in which the Hermione frigate played such a crucial role in carrying Lafayette back to America in 1780 with word of Louis XVI’s support for our fight for independence — that eventually forced the British surrender in the American Revolution.
Here is a link to a video report from local ABC affiliate WVEC – 13News Now:
In addition to televised coverage, the Daily Press, serving Hampton Roads, Virginia, also produced a short news video; here is the link to this report, courtesy of Adrin Snider, Senior Photographer, Daily Press:
Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America wish to credit and thank both WVEC-TV and the Daily Press newspaper for their June 2, 2014 coverage of this historic visit to the Yorktown battlefield memorial commemoration between French Naval and U.S. Military Officers.