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French Air and Space Force Will Join USAF to Pay Tribute in Yorktown

Victory Monument
Yorktown Victory Monument (WYDaily/Nancy Sheppard)

YORKTOWN — On Wednesday, July 7, 2021, members of the French Air and Space Force will join members of the United States Air Force (USAF) in a ceremonial wreath-laying at the Yorktown Victory Monument.

The ceremony will honor those who fought and died during the Battle of Yorktown, which lasted from September 28 through October 17, 1781. It was this battle that led to the surrender of General Cornwallis’ army on October 19 of that year.

This wreath-laying will honor those who fell from both America and France during the battle as well as commemorate the continued partnership between the two countries.

Members of the French Air and Space Force that will be in attendance are visiting Joint Base Langley-Eustis as they return to France after participating in the Pacific missions, Heifara and Wakea.

The event will take place at 9 a.m. at the Yorktown Victory Monument, 803 Main Street. In attendance will be USAF Chief of Staff Charles Q. Brown, French Air and Space Force Chief of Staff Gen. Philippe Lavigne, Yorktown chairman of the Board of Supervisors, and service members from both the USAF and French Air and Space Force.


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