Canon Presented for World War I Victory from France-Vintage

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This rare footage captures the events of a very special Memorial Day in 1920 for the citizens of Cornwall, ...
This rare footage captures the events of a very special Memorial Day in 1920 for the citizens of Cornwall, a small town in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains in New York. Pierre Lecomtedu Nouy, a French Captain, travels to Cornwall from France in order to present the city with a captured German cannon from World War I. This was a special honor, and it was in thanks for the role America played in ridding France of the German threat during the war. Surrounded by Civil War veterans, WWI veterans, and the town’s various bands and schoolchildren, the famous French philosopher Pierre Lecomte du Nouy accompanies the cannon in a parade through town ending in the place where a monument and the cannon still stand to this day.  This precious silent footage is a priceless piece of vintage patriotism.
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