More than 50 years after the Allies liberated Paris a bronze statue of Winston Churchill by French sculptor Jean Cardot was unveiled in Paris in 1998. Paid for by the French people, it is one of the few in Paris to depict a non-French public figure.
It is modeled on a photograph of Churchill marching with France's wartime leader General Charles de Gaulle down the nearby Champs Elysees on 11 November,1944.
Mr Cardot said: "I wanted to show Churchill's strength, his determination, and also his humour. "This is a man on the move, a man who won't stop."Its plinth bears the words: "We shall never surrender."
On this and all Memorial Days, I always give thanks and have such respect for those with courage and determination who have served for freedom and peace.
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