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Memorial Day Ceremony at the Lafayette Escadrille Monument, fifteen miles SW of Paris.
In 1916, a year before the United States entered the war, young American men began joining the French flying corps. To honor the Marque de Lafayette, they formed the Lafayette Escadrille (squadron). Just as Lafayette aided the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, these courageous Americans came to France’s aid during the Great War. Many of the flyers are entombed underneath the monument.
The Lafayette Escadrille is the very bedrock of the United States Air Force.