The 2019 Bastille Day Garden Party at the French Residence
On July 14th, 2019, the Consul General of France, Arnaud Mentré, invited guests from the local community to a Bastille Day celebration at his residence in Cambridge, MA. The Consulate General of France organized the evening around the 75th anniversary of D Day.
This celebration started with a Légion d’Honneur ceremony that honored three American World War II Veterans: Charles Rogers, 99 years old from Marlborough MA, Robert Cleverdone, 97 years old from Ipswich MA and Richmond Bell, 94 years old from Wellfleet. They all landed on the beaches of Normandy to defend France’s freedom.
Consul Général Arnaud Mentré with co-chairman of the French Heritage Society Boston Chapter, Francis de Marneffe
After the ceremony, 250+ guests gathered at the Residence of France to celebrate the enduring Franco-American friendship on Bastille Day.
This Bastille Day celebrations would not have been the same without the wonderful Lexington Minute Men who remind us of revolutionary America and the sources of our Franco-American friendship. Thank you!
In his speech Arnaud Mentré reminded us of the long lasting friendship between France and the United States.
He also reminded us of the strong economic ties between France and Boston, with over 28,000 jobs created by French companies in Massachussetts in 2018.
Consul General Arnaud Mentré with International Partnerships Manager for the City of Boston, James Reginald Colimon.
From left to right: Boston Police Comissioner William G. Gross, Consul General Arnaud Mentré, Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Trade for the State of Massachusetts, Nam Pham and Secretary of Veterans’ Services, Francisco Urena.
It was a lovely evening with delicious French food and beverages. A warm thank you to our generous food and drink sponsors: Château de Cazenove, Drappier, Heavenly Spirits, Joseph Drouhin, Colette, Formaggio Kitchen, Jacquet, MA - France, Ma Maison and Louis Sel.
The Consulate General of France in Boston would like to thank its generous sponsors. Our ambitious agenda of events would not be possible without their great support. A warm thank you!