We were in Paris for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day. There was a parade down the Champs Elysee of all the allied troops who fought the war. it was a moving, somber experience. Quiet - almost eerily so for the amount of people.
There were older people with tears in their eyes - remembering what it was like living under the Nazis and the Vichy government. We spoke with several people after the ceremonies and reflected on how easy we have had things compared to the rest of the world. In the modern era, we've never had to really deal with the hardship of war - of our country being invaded, bombed, of puppet governments... Probably one of the reasons why Europeans can easily distinguish the people from their governments - and why we have such a difficult time doing it, here.
It's something I'll never forget.