Living large on a living barge–26: A six month per year barge tour of Europe, in installments

By Tom Miller

Tom and family are touring Europe by barge. This is the 23d in his series of reports on what is to be six months per year of cruising the waterways there.

Editors Note: Last week Tom stopped off at Einville au Jard and made from with some four legged inhabitants.

discount times; font-size: 16px;”>This is the first time that Living Barge has jumped out of chronological order.  I’ve never skipped ahead, cialis but I think you’ll understand why after reading this installment. 

School kids singing American war tunes.  Note the U.S. Officer in charge of American war memorials in France standing next to the mayor.

School kids singing American war tunes. Note the U.S. Officer in charge of American war memorials in France standing next to the mayor.

physician times; font-size: 16px;”>We cruised down the Canal de Saint Quentin taking our time.  Our scheduled passage through the six-kilometer (3.6 mile) Riqueval Tunnel was not until that morning.  The weather was overcast with light showers, but our new pilothouse was keeping us warm and cozy.  Just past the canal the scenery was typical French countryside, absolutely spectacular.

Wow, did we get lucky today.  We were parked just before the tunnel next to the little village of Le Champ Luseaux.  I’m talking maybe a 1,000 inhabitants. Lisa and our friends Bruce and Tess went for a walk.  I’m not sure whom they ran into, but he told them there was a big party in town at 5:30 that afternoon.

We went to see what the excitement was all about, and were we surprised.  People ask me, “What do the French think of the Americans?”  If a picture is worth a thousand words then take a look at the following.

American Flags

American Flags Flutter on Memorial Day

That’s right, American flags were everywhere.  There was even one in the place of honor on the city hall.  You might want to take note that it is above the French flag.  And the reason for all those flags, well the people of Le Champ Luseaux were celebrating our Memorial Day.  That’s right, every year this tiny little village recognize the sacrifices American soldiers made so that they could be free by celebrating the American Memorial day.  They played American music over the loudspeaker system from both WWI and WWII.  They brought in various types of American WWII military vehicles, and they even had an American style BBQ with the closest thing the French have to hotdogs.  The mayor gave a speech, and the kids from the local elementary school sang songs.  I’ll admit they served champagne rather than beer, but hey they’re French.

Apparently there had been an even more elaborate ceremony at the American cemetery a few miles away in Bony.  We were told that during WWI the Germans had erected the Hindenburg Line that went through the area.  It was supposedly a line of defensive

Lisa and Tess with a French nurse dressed in uniform

Lisa and Tess with a French nurse dressed in uniform

positions that could not be broken.  The British and French had been fighting the Germans, and were basically worn out.  It was not until the Americans came in with their men and equipment that the line was broken.  It was said that the breaking of the Hindenburg Line was the beginning of the end for the Germans.

Seeing these people remembering our departed soldiers was an incredibly emotional experience.  It made each and everyone of us damn proud to be an American.  Today was a Memorial Day celebration we will never forget.  We owe a debt of gratitude to our veterans.  They deserve the best care possible.

Come back next week for more Living Large on a Living Barge

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 When Stones Speak by Tom Miller

When Stones Speak by Tom Miller

When Stones Speak by Tom Miller

Tom Miller is an adventure writer from Thousand Oaks. His latest novel When Stones Speak Dr. Hannigan sets out to find the historical Jesus of Nazareth, but he soon discovers there are people in high places who will stop at nothing including murder to insure he fails. Mr. Miller has been a contractor and developer, prolific diver, pilot, sailor, and barge captain. When he’s not chasing adrenalin overseas, he hikes with the local “Heartbreak Hiking Fools.” LIVING BARGE is his memory of his recent six month journey through the canals of Europe with his wife Lisa.

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https://citizensjournal.us/living-large-on-a-living-barge-25-a-six-month-per-year-barge-tour-of-europe-in-installments/

https://citizensjournal.us/living-large-on-a-living-barge-24-a-six-month-per-year-barge-tour-of-europe-in-installments/

https://citizensjournal.us/living-large-on-a-living-barge-23-a-six-month-per-year-barge-tour-of-europe-in-installments/

https://citizensjournal.us/living-large-on-a-living-barge-21-a-six-month-per-year-barge-tour-of-europe-in-installments/

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https://citizensjournal.us/living-large-on-a-living-barge-18-a-six-month-per-year-barge-tour-of-europe-in-installments/

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