The view from the Mairie overlooking the valley
I drove up to Cortambert and noticed that already people were gathering on the gravel outside the Mairie.
|The Cortambert Mairie|
It took time to speak to everyone and I didn't get around to everyone, but spoke to one of our neighbours who I had seen jogging in the hamlet - I wished her "bon courage" and passed on to others I had met at Vannerie (basket making) last Winter and at badminton. The faces were familiar but I am dreadful at names!
Pierre-Jean our Mayor called the voluntary firemen to order and the marched at the head of the crowd who followed them the short walk up to the memorial next to the church.
|The pompiers voluntaires line up|
After the first two minutes silence the address from the government was read by Pierre-Jean and then the two minutes silence followed.
18 peoples' names are the war memorial from the first world war and 4 from the second. After the silence the bugle was blown.
Then we meandered back to the mairie for wine, pizzas, savoury gateau and brioche. Conversation flowed as people got the chance for a catch up!
As I walked back to my car I couldn't help but stop and look at the memorial and give thanks for being part of a community of such delightful people who I count it a privilege to live near.