He accepts an award from the Committee on France-American Friendship.
The United States and France have a long history of alliance and friendship. In the Revolution, the French were of inestimable help to General George Washington and the American cause of attaining independence. The living symbol of the U.S./French alliance in that war, the Marquis de Lafayette, served with distinction, leading American...
The United States and France have a long history of alliance and friendship. In the Revolution, the French were of inestimable help to General George Washington and the American cause of attaining independence. The living symbol of the U.S./French alliance in that war, the Marquis de Lafayette, served with distinction, leading American forces to several victories and becoming a favorite of Washington’s.
In World War I, under the slogan “Lafayette, we are here,” the U.S. Army arrived in France to return the favor and defeat Germany. In yet another global conflict, French and American troops fought side by side. In World War II, 100,000 Free French soldiers fought under General Eisenhower’s command in Italy in 1943. By the time of the Normandy invasion in June 1944, the Free French forces numbered more than 400,000.
The Free French 2nd Armoured Division landed at Normandy and eventually led the drive towards Paris. As the Allied forces waited near Paris, Ike granted them the honor of spearheading the allied assault and liberating the capital city. After the war, the French veterans sought to honor their former commander, and he remembered with gratitude their services and the American/French friendship which had done so much to shape world history.
Typed Letter Signed as President on White House letterhead, Washington, August 9, 1957, to M.E. Batier, General Secretary of the Committee of France-American Friendship in Paris, which was composed of his old comrades-in-arms. “Thank you very much for the handsome bronze medal that the Committee of France-American Friendship, Washington-Lafayette, sent to me through the courtesy of the French Embassy, in the name of the French veterans who served under my command during World War II. I am deeply touched by this gift, and I assure you and the members of your Committee of my deep gratitude for your splendid activities that contribute so appreciably to the bond of friendship which has always existed between our two countries.”
Frame, Display, Preserve
Each frame is custom constructed, using only proper museum archival materials. This includes:The finest frames, tailored to match the document you have chosen. These can period style, antiqued, gilded, wood, etc. Fabric mats, including silk and satin, as well as museum mat board with hand painted bevels. Attachment of the document to the matting to ensure its protection. This "hinging" is done according to archival standards. Protective "glass," or Tru Vue Optium Acrylic glazing, which is shatter resistant, 99% UV protective, and anti-reflective. You benefit from our decades of experience in designing and creating beautiful, compelling, and protective framed historical documents.Learn more about our Framing Services