American Scouts federate on Omaha Beach

Thousands of people gathered at Omaha Beach this Saturday, April 22, 2017, for the traditional Boyscouts of America gathering.

April 23rd, 2017: American scouts gathered at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France
Information source: Ouest-France

More than 4,000 young American scouts gathered at Omaha Beach this Saturday, April 22, 2017. This is the eighth gathering since 1994.

The show is unusual. Thousands of people are gathered on the beach of Omaha Beach this Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer near Bayeux. More than 4,000 of them are American scouts but nearly 400 French scouts have also responded to the call. Every three years they come to the big gathering. In other words: a jamboree to discuss and meet across borders.

“More than a gathering of scouts, it is a real pilgrimage for them,” underlines Louis Pelletier, member of the scouts and guides of France of the former Basse-Normandie. “It’s a unique opportunity for them to come and discover the landing beaches where, for the most part, their grandparents are dead. In American culture, beaches are more important than Verdun for us.

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