“In Flanders fields, the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row”
In 1966, French President Charles De Gaulle instructed Secretary of State Dean Rusk that all foreign troops–including American–should be evacuated from his country after De Gaulle ended France’s military participation in NATO. President Lyndon Johnson instructed Rusk to inquire during his next meeting with De Gaulle about the over 60,000 Americans buried there from World War I and World War II. When Rusk asked, De Gaulle reportedly said nothing, got up, and left the room.
“Lest we forget” is more than just a phrase, so, again, thank you Veterans.