Frenchman honouring lost heroes of World War Two

Jacky Emery meets US veterans at the 75th D-Day commemorations

Jacky Emery reveals his mission to remember fallen... one family at a time

Jacky Emery has spent the last 17 years researching the stories of airmen and soldiers from Canada, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Poland and     the UK killed in his home department of Sarthe and organising memorial ceremonies for them.

So far, the 63-year-old has traced the stories of more than 130 airmen and organised around 15 ceremonies.

He also takes photographs of the graves of Canadian servicemen to contribute to a website so relatives know where their grandfather, father or uncle is buried.

Mr Emery has been to every D-Day ceremony in Normandy since 1994 to thank veterans. It is his way, he says, of paying tribute to the servicemen he calls the Pères de mon Liberté.

 

Why did you start doing this?

I went to the 50th D-Day anniversary on the Normandy beaches in 1994, and for the first time I met and talked to veterans, which made me really want to do something to thank those people who had lost their lives saving France.

Our family has a small holiday house at Pornic, Loire-Atlantique, not far from one of the English cemeteries for the more ...

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