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Saint-Saturnin waited 100 years

France 3/Scoop, Nov 11

Saint-Saturnin in Lozère has finally got its monument to those who died in the First World War.

The village of 60 inhabitants has never been able to afford a monument, instead a small plate hung in the church in remembrance to those who died.

“[The new plaque] is very representative of the families of Saint-Saturnin, we see names we know and names that still exist, families that still exist”, said one resident, Jean-Louis Valat.

The name of Gustave Castant, the grandfather of Jean-Louis who died in 1916 at 27 years old is shown on the plaque.

“I did not know him, my mother did not know him either, it's important that we honour the children who died for the war. There was a plaque in the church but she did not see it as a respectful plaque, it is now within reach of everyone” he continued.

Saint-Saturnin’s losses were heavy in the war. Out of a commune of 178 inhabitants, 19 died.

The village has been marked forever and the emotion is still alive after 100 years.

“With this monument to the dead we can now pay homage to our missing brothers,” said René Confort, the mayor of Saint-Saturnin.

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