"I am beautiful"

When I practiced with friends delivering my Tamerville speech I looked just over the top of their heads rather than at their eyes to minimize my anxiety.

I planned to do the same at Tamerville.

On May 31, 2014 when I got up to the podium to speak in the front of row in line with me was a French Air Force general with a wonderful, warm, kind, and supportive face.

 afgeneral.jpgFrench Air Force general at the Tamerville ceremony.

Photo by Julie Waldner

At that moment I decided that instead of looking over the heads of the audience, I would look right into his eyes and make my remarks as if I was giving them only to him.

At the reception following the ceremony with Bertille (granddaughter of Remy Agnes, researcher and witness of WWII in Tamerville) translating I told the general how he helped me.

He smiled and said he realized that was what I was doing. He added I made the right decision because referring to himself he said “I am beautiful!”.

Bertille translating Georges Dennebouy’s speech.

Bertille is the granddaughter of Remy Agnes, researcher and witness of WWII in Tamerville. She helped many of us converse with our French hosts.

Photo by Julie Waldner

Link with sources and more information:

Northern France Campaign: Includes details of the 3110th Signal Service Battalion’s service in Normandy.

Infantry, Air Force, Medical, and Signal Corps Units in Tamerville and Valognes

Another post in an ongoing series about our trip to France for the the memorial in Tamerville, part of the observance of the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of France.

My late father Felix A. Cizewski served in Company C, 3110th Signal Service Battalion in Tamerville and Cherbourg providing communications and logistical support for the liberation of Normandy in 1944.

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