Bastille Day 2017 – American Troops, President Trump Participation

 In Foreign, Military

Paris, France –  French President Macron invited the United States to Bastille Day 2017, in spite of the disagreements over climate treaties, and other issues. American troops will be leading the French Bastille parade this year on July 14. President Trump and Melania are honored guests at the celebration of French Independence Day.

During a speech at the US Ambassador’s home in Paris on July 13, the President acknowledged WWII veterans Joseph Reilly, Donald Cobb, and Steve Melnikoff, three Americans who, along with thousands of their fellow brothers-in-arms, stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.

According to, this years’ American participation will include the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, who were the first to enter France in WWI. Other units participating are: Army- 173rd Airborne Brigade;  Army- 10th Mountain Division; U.S. Army Europe – 7th Army Training Command; sailors from U.S. Naval Forces Europe; airmen from U.S. Air Forces Europe; and Marines from U.S. Marine Forces Europe.

France’s alliance with the United States

French President Emmanuel Macron invited the President and his wife to be the honored guests at this years’ Bastille Day celebration, a move which may have made the liberals and the rest of the EU apoplectic. But he has a logical view:

“What our two countries share is stronger [than our differences], given our peoples and our histories and our values as well. So yes, there is a disagreement, like I said to President Trump, and then I said it publicly, because there is nothing to hide. That being said, it does not prevent us from cooperating in many fields.” Emmanuel Macron 

France may be European liberal socialist now, but their history with the United States has been long. The Marquis de Lafayette (born Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert du Motier de La Fayette), came to America in 1777 at the ripe old age of 19  along with several French officers to fight against tyranny. He was without any combat experience, spoke little English at the time, but because of his high nobility and patriotic motives, the Continental Army commissioned him as a Major General on July 31, 1777.  He remained faithful to the American cause – and to George Washington- throughout his life.

“France stood with us during the American Revolution, and that strategic partnership endures today… On behalf of the 60,000 service members standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the French to ensure Europe is whole, free and at peace, we are honored to lead the Bastille Day Parade and help celebrate French independence…” Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, EuCom commander, NATO supreme commander

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