U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry paid tribute to the US servicemen who died in World War II in Saint-Briac-sur-Mer, a town in northwestern France. The small town is home to Kerry's family ancestral estate.
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Saint-Briac-sur-Mer, France - 7 June 2014
1. US Secretary of State John Kerry arriving at monument for American soldiers; waving to members of public
2. Kerry and officials during ceremony at monument
3. Various of public and cameramen
4. Kerry and officials laying wreaths at monument
5. Kerry and officials leaving
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry paid tribute to the US servicemen who died in World War II while visiting the French town of Saint-Briac-sur-Mer on Saturday.
The small town in northwestern France, which is home to Kerry's family ancestral estate, was liberated in August 1944 in a battle that killed three US soldiers.
A monument to the Americans overlooks the harbour, and Kerry placed a wreath at the site on Saturday.
Later, in a speech at the town hall, Kerry paid tribute to the soldiers and to the people of Saint-Briac-sur-Mer.
He credited them with helping to save heirlooms from his mother's family's estate after the Nazis had turned it into their local headquarters during the occupation.