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Down History Lane: La Marseillaise

By Remy Benoit

I walked into my living room last night and the tv was on.

I arrived just in time to hear, to feel, the stirring voices in Rick's American Cafe raised to fever pitch in La Marseillaise.

Anyone who has ever seen that moment in film making history will probably never forget it.

One woman's voice raised among so many others, tears streaming down her face. Frenchmen standing in definance of the occupation forces, drowning them out.

I recall many years ago, standing in front of the Arc de Triomphe, unable to imagine the pain of the swatiska flying there. Napoleon had it built. Something to think about. Napoleon.

Freedom is such a fragile thing, oft not appreciated until lost.

I thought you might be interested in the history of La Marseillaise..

For sheetmusic, etc. Music.

And for a history of Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel.

"Nous voilĂ , Lafayette!".

The Marquis de Lafayette.


History gives us perspective.


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