Uncle Sam shaking hands with the Marquis de Lafayette, French poster-1917
On Bastille Day 1917, General John J. Pershing reviewed French troops and pinned the Croix de Guerre on men who had earned the award by their valor. The Star Spangled Banner and the Marseillaise were played and many of the civilian observers wept with joy and emotion that American help was on the way. Today the French are honoring Les Sammes, as they are all year, who came to France in World War I to fight to keep France free. US Marines will march down the Champs-Elysees with French troops in Paris, a symbol of the good relations that have usually existed between the old Allies.