Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities

Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee promotes educational and cultural exchange between Caen, France and Alexandria, VA The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee is a volunteer city committee that promotes educational and cultural exchange between the city of Caen in Normandy, France and the city of Alexandria in Virginia.

The committee coordinates an annual student exchange program, an internship program, French language lessons, a lecture series, and children's story time. Our big signature event is a D-day (June 6th) commemorative event every year on Market Square. Throughout the year we might host a variety of events including fundraisers, educational events, wine & cheese parties, or sporting events.

Operating as usual

Today the Washington Post printed the below story about the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, discussed in Lind...
07/25/2021
This unit of Black women made history in World War II. They’re finally getting broader recognition.

Today the Washington Post printed the below story about the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, discussed in Linda Hervieux's book "Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes at Home and Abroad," presented as part of our D-Day program this year. Check the link for more:

https://www.thelily.com/this-unit-of-black-women-made-history-in-world-war-ii-theyre-finally-getting-broader-recognition/

This year, the Senate passed a bill that would give the 6888th a Congressional Gold Medal.

Here, as a short stand-alone video, is the recording of Alexandria D-Day veteran Bob Fischman, which we played during Dr...
06/26/2021
WWII Vet's D-Day Account: "When the Bad Stuff Came, I Was Ready for It"

Here, as a short stand-alone video, is the recording of Alexandria D-Day veteran Bob Fischman, which we played during Dr. Holien's presentation (and which is included in the longer video of that event.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddVoMfEG3Ro

Once again, the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee thanks Mr. and Mrs. Fischman for opening their home to us and participating in our commemorative program.

World War II veteran and Alexandria native Robert “Bob” Fischman shares his experiences as coxswain on the USS Texas during the Normandy invasion. On June 7,...

Did you miss Linda Hervieux's presentation on her book "Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes at Home and ...
06/26/2021
Author Lecture: Forgotten: the Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes, at Home and at War

Did you miss Linda Hervieux's presentation on her book "Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes at Home and Abroad"? Or would you like to see it again?

Here's a link to the whole program on Historic Alexandria's YouTube channel, "HistoricAlexandriaVA". Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPT6M3OM224

As part of the City of Alexandria’s 11th annual D-Day commemoration, Linda Hervieux, Paris-based American journalist, photographer and author of "FORGOTTEN: ...

Did you miss Dr. Holien's presentation on "The Secrets of D-Day"?  Or would you like to see it again?  Here's a link to ...
06/26/2021
D-Day Commemoration Lecture

Did you miss Dr. Holien's presentation on "The Secrets of D-Day"? Or would you like to see it again?

Here's a link to the whole program on Historic Alexandria's YouTube channel, "HistoricAlexandriaVA". Enjoy!

(oh, and to correct the record for someone who asked, that is indeed a picture of Suleymaniye behind me)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L15qPS1eGos

Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee's 11th annual D-Day commemoration presents former U.S. Army Historian Dr. Kim Bernard Holien discussing D-Day secrets, ...

Mon oeil!
06/24/2021

Mon oeil!

Our #howtopronounce word of the day is "oeil" (eye) and a French expression "Mon oeil !" 👁️ You say "Mon oeil !" to show ironic disbelief, also by putting your finger just under the eye. Something like "My foot!" in English. For example, "Je me suis réveillé à cinq heure du matin pour apprendre le subjonctif !" - "Mon oeil !" /" I woke up at 5 am to learn French subjunctives!" - "My foot you did!" More colloquial expressions in French can be "Mais bien sûr!" or "C'est ça" with an ironic tone, like in "Yeah, right!" Join our (online) Everyday Situational French to learn how French people really speak! The class starts in July and registrations are now open: https://francedc.org/course_list?age_group=Adults.

#frenchpronunciation #learnfrench #frenchlanguage #frenchphonetics

Here is something unique for date night this summer!  Grab some friends and enjoy French movies en plein aire. 🇫🇷🎬🍷
06/17/2021

Here is something unique for date night this summer! Grab some friends and enjoy French movies en plein aire. 🇫🇷🎬🍷

This summer, watch French films for free in DC parks! 📽️ 🇫🇷 "Films on the Green DC 2021," a free outdoor Summer film festival 🎬 produced by the @frenchcultureus and @ngadc, offers a selection of 6 classics and contemporary French films. Bring your own chair or blanket and enjoy! 🍿 Screenings start at 8:30 pm. 🌇 Free, but advance registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/filmsonthegreendc-free-french-films-in-dc-parks-tickets-159541463813.

📍 Mon, Jun 21 - The Young Girls of Rochefort @ Sylvan Theater (National Mall), Independence Ave SW & 15th Street NW

📍 Fri, Jul 9 - Cleo From 5 to 7 @ Embassy of France - La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road, NW

📍 Wed, Aug 4 - Microcosmos @ US National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave NE

📍 Sat, Sep 4 - I Am Not Your Negro
Anacostia Park, 1900 Anacostia Dr

📍 Thu, Sep 23 - Autumn Tale @ the Nation Mall, in front of the National Gallery of Art, Constitution Ave. NW

#movienight #frenchcinema #FilmsOnTheGreenDC

Summer reading from the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee!  On the left, "The Year of the Rat" by Mladin Zarubica, r...
06/15/2021

Summer reading from the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee! On the left, "The Year of the Rat" by Mladin Zarubica, recommended by Dr. Kim Holien during his D-Day lecture, and available through multiple used-book sellers. On the right, Linda Hervieux's "Forgotten," the subject of her D-Day lecture, available wherever books are sold (note -- this is the UK edition, the U.S. edition has a different cover). Read and enjoy!

Summer reading from the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee! On the left, "The Year of the Rat" by Mladin Zarubica, recommended by Dr. Kim Holien during his D-Day lecture, and available through multiple used-book sellers. On the right, Linda Hervieux's "Forgotten," the subject of her D-Day lecture, available wherever books are sold (note -- this is the UK edition, the U.S. edition has a different cover). Read and enjoy!

06/10/2021

Did you know that you will soon see a Statue of Liberty 🗽 in our neighborhood in Kalorama? “Lady Liberty’s Little Sister” (a much smaller replica of the Statue of Liberty loaned to the US for 10 years by Conservatoire national des arts et métiers) will soon cross the Atlantic 🚢 and after a brief "stay" in NYC will be installed in the gardens of the French Ambassador’s Residence and will be inaugurated on the #BastilleDay. 🇫🇷 This effort is part of a 135th anniversary celebration of the Statue of Liberty crossing the Atlantic Ocean, and will celebrate the French-American friendship. 🇫🇷 🇺🇸

#StatueofLiberty #Liberty2021 #France #FranceintheUS #ParisonthePotomac #FrancoAmerican

Today marks the 77th anniversary of D-Day.  We strive to keep the memory of this important day alive with annual communi...
06/06/2021

Today marks the 77th anniversary of D-Day. We strive to keep the memory of this important day alive with annual community events to remember this Herculean moment in world history and the brave soldiers who made it happen. Because of the pandemic, we have been unable to have in-person events for these past two anniversaries. In that time, sadly, many of the few remaining veterans who landed on the Normandy beaches have passed. Next year, we invite everyone to join us when we return with renewed gusto to honor their memory and share their story. Today, we hope you will take a moment to remember their sacrifice. #greatestgeneration

Historic Alexandria, VA Caen Alexandria

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06/06/2021

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REOPENING UPDATE:
On June 9th, France's borders will be open to US travelers who have:
✔️Proof of full vaccination (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J, AstraZeneca)
✔️A neg. PCR test less than 72hrs before or a neg. antigen test less than 48hrs.
Non-vaccinated individuals with compelling reason to travel (list to come) will have a mandatory 7 day quarantine upon arrival and may be subject to random antigen testing.
More information can be found here ➡️ https://bit.ly/3x0X0an

Corporal Waverly B. Woodson Jr., of West Philadelphia landed early on D-Day under heavy fire. He was wounded before his ...
06/04/2021
Congressional Medal (WWII) for an African American

Corporal Waverly B. Woodson Jr., of West Philadelphia landed early on D-Day under heavy fire. He was wounded before his boots touched Omaha Beach yet he began saving lives as soon as he hit the sand. He worked for 30 hours straight before he collapsed. He was nominated for the Medal of Honor. No African Americans were awarded the nation's highest honor in World War II. U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen has called on the Army to approve a Medal of Honor recommendation for Woodson. "It is never too late to say thank you," President Obama said in June 2015, when he awarded the Medal of Honor to Henry Johnson, an African-American hero of World War I. Now it is time to honor Waverly Woodson. Please sign this petition to honor a true American hero.

This is an appeal to redress an injustice in the US armed forces in which discrimination against Blacks was rampant. Sgt. Waverly Woodson, Jr. should be added to the short list of African Americans whose valor needs to be recognized by this nation. Were there any Blacks depicted on the D-day invasio...

Proclamation by the Alexandria City Council for the 77th Anniversary of D-Day.  Join our two commemorative lectures on J...
06/01/2021

Proclamation by the Alexandria City Council for the 77th Anniversary of D-Day. Join our two commemorative lectures on June 3 and June 4! See our May 16 post below for details.

Proclamation by the Alexandria City Council for the 77th Anniversary of D-Day. Join our two commemorative lectures on June 3 and June 4! See our May 16 post below for details.

Hi folks -- click on the links below to register for our two D-Day lectures:For the Holien lecture, "Secrets of D-Day," ...
05/16/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Lecture: "Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes, at Home and at War". After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Hi folks -- click on the links below to register for our two D-Day lectures:

For the Holien lecture, "Secrets of D-Day," at 7pm Thursday June 3:
https://zoom.us/WEBINAR/REGISTER/WN_C09H1FQNS8ANHYIEWQPYRA

For the Hervieux lecture, "Forgotten," at 12 noon Friday June 4 (LIVE from PARIS!):
https://zoom.us/WEBINAR/REGISTER/WN_WKYECL8BRBSFQG8EUAHEUA

We hope to see you there!

Linda Hervieux, Paris-based American journalist, photographer, and author of "Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes, at Home and at War," the critically acclaimed story of D-Day's only African-American combat soldiers, who were effectively written out of the history of the Norman invas...

Today is the 260th birthday of Normandy’s famous Camembert. 🎉 🇫🇷 If you want to learn more about Camembert and Normandy,...
04/28/2021

Today is the 260th birthday of Normandy’s famous Camembert. 🎉 🇫🇷

If you want to learn more about Camembert and Normandy, join the Alliance Française for a special class on May 14 @ 5:30 pm, "Bon voyage en Normandie." Sign up here: https://francedc.org/course_list?age_group=Adults

“How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?” Charles de Gaulle famously asked. There may be even more varieties today, but certain cheeses will always be French favorites. One of them is Camembert, which celebrates an important anniversary today! On April 28, 1761 Marie Harel, the first person to make Camembert, was born in Normandy. The legend has it that a priest from the Brie region, Abbot Charles-Jean Bonvoust, took shelter during the French Revolution at the Manor of Beaumoncel where she worked. He shared his secret for making a soft-centered cheese. Marie Harel added her own signature, packaging the cheese in its iconic wooden boxes, and initiated a dynasty of entrepreneurial cheesemakers who developed the production of this famous cheese on a large scale.

Like brie, Camembert is made from raw cow’s milk, but without cream. The cheese is yellow in color, with an earthy aroma, creamy taste, and an edible white rind.

Perfect for a picnic or an apéro outside in the wonderful weather we are having this week! 🧀 🇫🇷

And if you want to learn more about Camembert and Normandy, join us for a special class on May 14 @ 5:30 pm, "Bon voyage en Normandie." Sign up here: https://francedc.org/course_list?age_group=Adults 👋

#Camembert #frenchcheese #Normandy #MarieHarel #borntoday #BornOnThisDay #frenchlanguage #learnfrench #AFDC

Say bonjour to some fellow American Francophones. 🇺🇸🇫🇷
03/19/2021

Say bonjour to some fellow American Francophones. 🇺🇸🇫🇷

Curious about fellow Francophones in the US? Look no further! The US boasts several famous French-speakers who learned the language in different locations: school 🎓, family homes 🏡, France 🇫🇷, Canada 🇨🇦, Switzerland 🇨🇭.

#DYK that a number of 🇺🇸 governmental leaders 🏛, athletes 🏅 and celebrities 🤩 are Francophones? The administration under President Joe Biden counts Vice President Kamala Harris, Sec. Blinken and Climate 🌱 Envoy John Kerry.

Other famous 🇺🇸 figures include:

Tennis ⭐️ Serena Williams who learned French because she dreamed of speaking it when she someday won the 🇫🇷 Open. She also chose French to study a language common in African countries.

Actor Bradley Cooper who says,"Je sais que ma grammaire est débile, mais je veux communiquer." Cooper is a Francophone who's not afraid to make mistakes, just happy to have a new means of communication!

Recent Golden Globes recipient Jodie Foster wowed the world with her fancy PJ's at this year's awards, but #DYK that she is also famous among Francophiles? A former immersion student, Foster is such a strong speaker that she has acted in French films and has dubbed others as well.

Soon to star in a film entitled, "The French Dispatch," 🇫🇷🇺🇸 dual citizen Timothée Chalamet is bilingual thanks to his Francophone family. Even so, he identifies strongly as a Native New Yorker.

In this month of #Francophonie, we honor French speakers of all levels and interests 🎉. Tell us, where did you learn French?

St Patrick's Day is coming up this week, but first Dr. Paxton is back to discuss the Irish and French Connection tomorro...
03/15/2021

St Patrick's Day is coming up this week, but first Dr. Paxton is back to discuss the Irish and French Connection tomorrow at 7pm. Join us and learn this interesting history and how it influences the present.

St Patrick's Day is coming up this week, but first Dr. Paxton is back to discuss the Irish and French Connection tomorrow at 7pm. Join us and learn this interesting history and how it influences the present.

Caen is using some very cute eco-lawnmowers!
02/25/2021

Caen is using some very cute eco-lawnmowers!

Ils sont de retour ! 5 moutons ont pris place ce matin dans les douves du château. Mission #Écopâturage pour ces " tondeuses sur pattes " jusqu'à l'automne !

Merci les 🐑💚

© Illustration F. Decaëns / Ville de Caen

Caen la mer Musée de Normandie

Join us on February 4th at 7pm for a Cooking Demonstration just in time for Valentine's Day. Learn how to make chocolate...
01/15/2021

Join us on February 4th at 7pm for a Cooking Demonstration just in time for Valentine's Day. Learn how to make chocolate truffles and French savory crepes also known as galettes as well as which wines pair best with them.

Join us on February 4th at 7pm for a Cooking Demonstration just in time for Valentine's Day. Learn how to make chocolate truffles and French savory crepes also known as galettes as well as which wines pair best with them.

Looking for books to expand your French perspective?   Check out these selected books categorized as “Interpreting Franc...
01/14/2021

Looking for books to expand your French perspective? Check out these selected books categorized as “Interpreting France.”

Guests are invited to attend the American Library in Paris virtual book award for FREE. Details in link.

📚Honoring literature. Interpreting France.🇫🇷
Tomorrow, @theamericanlibraryinparis will host its Book Award ceremony to give the association's highest honor. The annual event will be held online with free admission to the public. Highlights include a book talk🎙 from the winning author, a panel about the shortlist (📸 below) and many other fun surprises.
🔎 Register: https://bit.ly/3nHrSI2

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The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee is a volunteer city committee that promotes educational and cultural exchange between the city of Caen in Normandy, France and the city of Alexandria in Virginia. The committee coordinates an annual student exchange program, an internship program, French language lessons, a lecture series, and children's story time. Our big signature event is organizing Alexandria’s annual D-day (June 6th) commemoration. Throughout the year we might host a variety of events including fundraisers, educational events, wine & cheese parties, or sporting events.

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Do you love cocktails? We do too! Join us online on Sept 16 for cocktails and a discussion of "le chant du loup", a French action thriller about a submarine's sonar officer who must use his brilliant sense of hearing to prevent a nuclear war. The movie is available on Netflix and must be watched prior to attending the event. Whilst the movie is in French the discussion will be in English! Join us! RSVP: www.shop.alexandriava.gov #frenchmovies #frenchmoviediscussion #movieclub
Join us for French Conversation and Picnic at Paradise Springs Winery on Sunday May 16, starting at 1:00PM! Organized by "French With Elodie" the picnic will be very informal - bring some food, a blanket and/or chair, and make sure to taste the wine of this Virginia winery, less than one hour away from Alexandria! For details and to RSVP go to https://frenchpicnicwinery.eventbrite.com
Hello committee, I'm an Alexandria resident and I have an idea for an author event about African American soldiers who served on D-Day--their time before, during and after. What's a good address for me to send the pitch to? Should I use the one the committees use for media? I couldn't see another one on the city web site. I'm not the author, my friend is. Thanks.
Thanks for hosting me at the Lyceum on Nov 13, Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee! Great to speak to an enthusiastic audience eager to hear more about the roles of Alexandria women in World War I.
Long-time friends and former members of the committee may remember Beverly Haas Bohnert who, with her late French husband was a member and stalwart of the Caen-Alexandria Association. She now lives in the States with her husband Craig. Her parents, however, retired to France. Her dad is very ill. If you remember Beverly, a kind and lovely lady, please keep her and her family in your thoughts.