Growing up as a child my brother Alain and I spent our summers in France with our mother's family. We spent half that time at our Grandmere's house outside of Paris, and the other half at our family's summer home in Arromanches. Arromanches, also known as Gold Beach, is a little town in Normandy where the British and Canadians landed. This is where an artificial harbor was built to bring in equipment, weapons and ammunition for the D Day campaign which began on June 6th, 1944.
As children, my brother and I along with our cousin Fabrice played on the beaches and climbed the remnants of the temporary harbor. If you google Arromanches you will see what we played on when the tide was low. We were members of Club Mickey and would build sand castles, look for jellyfish and swim in the water. We were happy kids, running around town in our little bathing suits, buying candy from the candy store, and getting fresh milk from the farm a couple of houses down from ours. It was Heaven for us. Carefree and fun, the best way to grow up. It is my favorite place in the world. My Grandpere Roger, Uncle Mario and my Grandmere are all buried there together in one grave in a little cemetery overlooking the beaches. I may have been born in Paris, grew up in San Mateo, but I am from Arromanches. I am both French and American, the best of both worlds in my opinion.
So, on this Memorial Day as we all enjoy the beautiful weather, family and friends, let's remember and never forget all those who gave their lives and continue to do so today. It is important that we teach our children the true meaning behind Memorial Day, so they too will understand the depths of sacrifice these men, women, and their families have given. Let us also salute those who are still fighting for freedom and wish for their safe return with a special shout out to our very good friend's daughter Amy Libby and my wonderful client Mark Vanderpool and his family. We thank you for all you do for us.
Thank you et Merci.