The town of Hull and country of France celebrated their unique connection earlier this month in a ceremony at Fort Revere Park, where 200 French Marines who fought in the American Revolution are buried.
The July 9 ceremony also paid tribute to the ties between France and the United States, noting this country owed its existence to the economic and military aid provided by France during our War for Independence.
French Consul Valery Freland was the guest of honor and rededicated the monument honoring the French Marines, which was donated by his country 40 years ago in a similar ceremony featuring the singing of both the French and American national anthems.
Fore Revere sits at the top of Telegraph Hill at the far end of the Hull peninsula and was built to protect Boston Harbor from a British invasion. Decommissioned at the end of World War Two, the seacoast fortification is owned by the state as part of an 8-acre park.
The town of Hull owns the adjacent stone water tower, which has been closed to the public since the summer of 2012 because of safety concerns.
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