FORT MILL, S.C. — While people around the world continue to grieve with France after the attacks in Nice, an annual Bastille Day celebration Saturday in Fort Mill brought together French natives and those who want to support the country.
The afternoon celebration was hosted by the French Alliance. The organization, with many of its members from France, promotes French language and culture.
Headlining part of the celebration were students in the Fort Mill High School marching band.
This past April, many of them traveled to France, performing at the American Cemetery. It was their way of paying homage to soldiers from Fort Mill who died during World War Two.
The attack in Nice struck a personal note with the group, who told Channel 9 that their performance was a way to honor to lives lost.
“No one could have foreseen this tragic event,” said Fort Mill High School Band Director John Pruitt, “But the French people were so welcoming to us.”
One father at the event told Channel 9 that celebrations like Saturday’s serve as a reminder that you can't stop living.
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