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From France to Florida’s Capital

August 16th, 2017 by Jake Stofan
The American Legion Post in the State Capital is home to a special piece of history with significance for both France and the United States.
Exactly 73 years ago today American troops with General Patton’s army liberated the town of Brou France from the Germans in WWII.
This mile marker was erected to signify the event.
It was donated to the state of Florida in 1949 and sat in the basement of the Senate building until 1988 when it was rediscovered and donated to the American Legion post in Tallahassee.
Every year on August 14th the town of Brou holds a celebration and ceremony commemorating their liberation and in Tallahassee, veterans like John Folson take the time to remember those Americans who gave their lives to make it possible.
“As people walk by and they read it, they gain a little bit of history and insight and when they see the names that are at the foot of this monument, hopefully they do know that there were sacrifices made in their country, for our country. You know, that means a lot,” said Folsom.
Folsom hopes to organize a ceremony for next year’s anniversary. He hopes to include the citizens of Brou by connecting via Skype.

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