A wreath of white flowers placed delicately, roses thrown into the lake just replenished – to the melody of “I follow rivers”, made heartbreaking once stripped of its words and its rhythm – will surely be the strong images that ‘we will remember the commemoration organized this Sunday in Breil. One after the storm Alex. In tribute to the victims of this unprecedented disaster, and more precisely to the three people from Breillers who perished in the fury of the waters. Many elected officials were present for the occasion, even if all respects were turned to Prince Albert II of Monaco – whose support for the Roya Valley was as real as it was sincere.
Young Breillois associates
After a mass accompanied by the L’Escarène choir, politicians and residents attended the inauguration of the Maison du Souvenir, designed by a Nice artist from materials carried by the storm, the unveiling of a plaque on the facade of the town hall recalling the names of the three victims, then to the interpretation of the piece “Our valleys” by a choir of schoolchildren, to the reading by two young Breilloises of a poem of circumstance, before a “Hymn to Love” sung by Anne Carrère. On the Charabot bridge, recently put back into service, the organizers had endeavored to include representatives of all the forces that intervened after the storm. Gendarmes, soldiers, firefighters, municipal civil security reserve, civil protection, voluntary associations …
“To commemorate is to remember. You have to be able to talk about it, to mourn”, assures the president of the Department, Charles-Ange Ginésy. Taking the oath: the departmental teams and he himself will focus on “continue to bring life “ in the Roya valley. “Here, many people have lost everything, but many have given them everything “, recalls the deputy Alexandra Valetta Ardisson. Saluting the coolness of the youngest mayor of the Alpes-Maritimes, who demonstrated that he was capable of managing his town in the worst of times.
“There is not a week without my having exchanges with the President of the Republic to talk about reconstruction. But today was the time for remembrance and meditation”, underlines for his part the prefect, Bernard Gonzalez. Anxious to see the spirit of brotherhood endure.
“We wish to express our support without showing our support to volunteers and companies our gratitude and our encouragement to continue. My country has been happy to provide human and material help. Relentlessly, on these lands dear to our hearts”, finally assures the prince.
At the end of a morning when time seemed to stand still. To better resume its forward course, in search of a regained normality.