Bastille Day Celebrated in Style
Brunssum, Netherlands – On the evening of Thursday 13 July the French delegation of JFC Brunssum, led by Brigadier General Claude Goudeau, hosted a celebration in honour of Bastille Day in the wonderful setting of the Schinvelder Hoeve (Schinvelde Hoeve is a beautiful old building close to Brunssum that has been converted into an hotel).
In his remarks General Goudeau reminded those present that the French National Day commemorates the first anniversary, on 14 July 1789, of the storming of the Bastille - a medieval fortress used to house political prisoners. This was a turning point of the French Revolution and celebrations are held throughout France every year to mark the event. The oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe is held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, together with other French officials and foreign guests.
In response, and on behalf of all invited guests, General Salvatore Farina, Commander JFC Brunssum, warmly thanked the French contingent for their hospitality and, especially, their sustained excellent contribution to JFC Brunssum. Speaking fluently in French the General reminded all of the national motto of France – liberty, equality, fraternity – the origin of which can itself be traced back to the French Revolution although it was not institutionalized until the end of the 19th Century.
A glorious evening ensued that allowed JFC Brunssum personnel, their partners and other guests to socialize and network in a highly convivial atmosphere.
Story by JFC Brunssum Public Affairs Office