Friday, May 31 through June 01, 2024

Le Rialet , France

80th Anniversary and Memorial Day Commemoration Events

Democrats Abroad Toulouse will be taking part in Memorial Day commemorations honoring two American OSS (Office of Strategic Services) commandos killed during a secret mission in the Tarn in August 1944. The OSS missions played an important role in the Liberation of France—and the 80th anniversary of this special event is an acknowledgement of that history.

Democrats Abroad members are warmly invited to attend these events. Family members related to that OSS mission are traveling from the States to take part. Support from the local American community is particularly sought. (RSVP essential!)

Events Taking place (May 31 - June 1):

Friday, May 31 at 9:45 am near Viane: Demonstration Parachute Drop by US Special Forces (weather-permitting) landing on the actual drop zone where the OSS mission landed in 1944.

The event will be followed by a group lunch at 1 pm in Brassac at the Restaurant du Vieux Brassac (booking required). 

After lunch there will be a visit of a Military Museum in Boissezon with a special exhibit linked to the OSS, a visit of the rail bridge in Mazamet that OG PAT blew up.  Afterwards there will be refreshments served at Chateau Gaix where OG PAT was housed following the Liberation.  

Saturday, June 1st at 9:30 am in Le Rialet: Commemoration ceremonies with honor guard where floral tributes will be laid at the two steles honoring the OSS Commandos killed in action and French Resistance fighters.

Veteran associations will be present along with local dignitaries, the local American community and American relatives of OG PAT members.

This ceremony will be followed by ceremonies at Betges and at the cemetery in Le Vintrou.  

For further details or to book for any of the group meals, please RSVP below.

Please let us know what events you plan on attending by filling out this form


Friday, May 31, 2024 at 09:30 AM Paris Time through June 01, 2024


Le Rialet
Le Bourg
Le Rialet 81240
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Scott Stroud
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