Friday, March 14, 2008
In Memoriam of Lazare Ponticelli
Today (Thursday), Lazare Ponticelli, the last "Poilu" (Poilu literally means "hairy man" and was the nickname given to all infantrymen during the first world war) died at the age of 110. He was born in 1897, joined the foreign legion in France to escape poverty and his destiny is absolutely incredible (see more info here). Since he's the last survivor of this war he'll have State funerals on Monday, but I thought I would celebrate his memory on PDP today, with this photo. I found this mailbox in a cemetery the 15th arrondissement. It says roughly: "Since you came here to celebrate your dead ones, think of those who died for France".