Each year we are invited to parade our Standard at the ceremony at Chaunay honouring local Resistance members who were executed on the side of the main road running through the town. Below are photographs of the event but they cannot capture the sense of respect, and grief for the loss of those brave individuals who, against all odds, continued the fight under occupation. A sense of reconciliation prevails, nonetheless, and the words of the Mayor’s speech reflected upon the huge benefits of a united Europe, this was further demonstrated by the playing of the European Anthem before the British and then the French National Anthems.
Our Standard Bearer, Jamie - a stalwart of our Branch and now known throughout the French communities we support.
Some of our members present for the ceremony.
The parade formed, we march off to the monument.
At the monument, the Mayor of Chaunay, M. Guy Sauvaitre, conducts the solemn ceremony commemorating the three Resistance fighters executed on 21 August 1944.
REFLECTION - one of the RBL's fundamental values.
The lady in the centre of this group is the daughter of one of the executed men and the lady to her right is related by marriage.
The gentleman speaking is a representative of the Regional Resistance Association and was an active member during the occupation of France.
The community is represented throughout the whole spectrum of age, here one of the Standard Bearers was somewhat defeated by the heat of the day but only for a few moments.
And the younger generation was also represented although concentration is hard to find on such a hot day through long speeches.
The monument after the ceremony situated on what was the main road from Bordeaux to Poitiers. The execution took place just to the left of the monument.
A few hundred yards across the road is another commemorative tablet set into the wall just above the fire hydrant where another local man was executed by the occupying forces.