(This article has been modified often since originally posting. The latest is dated 8/3/2010 with the addition of two old photos dating from the 1920's and 40's. The purpose of the article itself and subsequent changes is to give perspective to the history of Verdun, my own personal one and of the French who cherish this spot. The following is my original observation.)

The impetus for our September 2004 trip to France was my yearning to return to the town, Verdun, where I spent almost two and a half formative years in the ... (more)