More than 230 people attended the opening of the exhibit “De Gaulle-Eisenhower – Alliance and Friendship in War and Peace,” on June 13 at the Maison Française of the Embassy of France. Designed and produced by the Charles de Gaulle Foundation and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas, this exhibit made its debut in Bayeux, France, on June 5, 2019, as part of a series of commemorative events marking the 75th anniversary of the Allied landing. It subsequently went on display at the Musée de l’Armée at Les Invalides in Paris on June 11, 2019.
Parallel destinies, Liberation leaders, Presidents and allies… Through a series of large-scale photographs accompanied by explanatory texts in French and English, the exhibition highlights the parallels between the remarkable lives and destinies of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Charles de Gaulle. Born just a few days apart, these great men both played a major part in the Liberation and served as president of their respective countries, forever linking them in history. While they may have differed in how they sought to defend the interests of their two nations, their relations were marked by mutual respect and robust friendship, reflecting the strong ties between the United States and France.