Friday, July 07, 1944

In July of 1944, while serving in a military capacity as the head of the Free French Forces, General Charles de Gaulle made his first visit to the United States to meet with President Roosevelt to discuss the war and argue for equal standing with the United States and Great Britain in the peace making process. While visiting Washington D.C., de Gaulle—as he later explained in his memoirs—“made a pilgrimage to Mount Vernon” in order to pay "homage to the memory of George Washington.”

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