The Trees of Saint Pierre de Varengeville-Duclair

The trees of which we speak surround Saint Pierre de Varengeville-Duclair forest, in Normandy. This was a US army camp used by troops who were waiting to be sent elsewhere. Adam Sage reported for AP the names “Thomas and Dorothy” were carved in the bark of one trunk. Another said “Bob and Carma”. Other trees were marked with soldiers’ home states – Iowa, Maine or Alabama – and several bore hearts and the names or initials of a wife or girlfriend. This place was used by the US Amry from September 1944 to February 1946. These trees have stood for the last sixty years as a testament to the freedom America and these soldiers gave France and all of Europe. Now most of the trees have been chopped down for paper. Some in France are trying to get the remaining trees listed as a historic monument. Last year more than 150 of these trees were removed. This is just another case of France wanting to bury their heads in the ground a rewrite history. If these trees remain, they will serve that France once let Germany walk into their country and take it over and they needed Allied help to regain the freedom they have today. That same freedom which they use to denounce our involvement in the Middle East, and in Iran over the proliferation of nuclear weapons. It truly is funny how France does not believe in force unless it is used to help their freedom, but they are not willing to use force to gain anybody else’s.