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The City of Franklin will be holding a January Bicentennial presentation that will celebrate the life and sacrifice of 2nd Lt. Edward V. Loustalot, an Army Ranger from Franklin. Loustalot was the first American Soldier to die in Nazi occupied Europe in WWII.
Diane Boutier, Board Administrator in charge of U.S. Relations of the "Memorial du 19 Aout 1942" in Dieppe, France will be in Franklin at the Teche Theatre for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7p.m. to present information, photos, videos and much more regarding Operation Jubilee (Dieppe Raid) that helped re-create the blueprint that lead up to the D-Day invasions. Ms. Boutier will discuss 2nd Lt. Loustalot's military actions as well as family history, war history and gravesite. She will also discuss the fact that this former young man from Franklin, Louisiana is celebrated every August 19 in Dieppe, France.
Admission into the event is Free.
If anyone attending has a family member or someone who fought the war effort overseas or at home during WWII. You are asked to bring photos and include information such as name, rank, and place(s) served so that the images can be scanned beginning at 5:30p.m. The images will become a part of the memorial in Dieppe, France.