Dassault Aviation to sponsor renovations of the Verdun Memorial

Posted on centenarynews.com on 15 December 2014
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Dassault Aviation signed a sponsorship agreement with the French First World War Centenary Partnership on December 16th 2014 to help renovate the Verdun Memorial.

Under the deal, Dassault will fund the renovation of the Memorial to the Battle of Verdun and donate an Éclair propeller from a Spad VII pursuit plane to the memorial museum.

The propeller was the first aeronautical design by Marcel Dassault, the company's founder, to enter production. 

Dassault Aviation says: "This sponsorship agreement spotlights the roots of Dassault Aviation, the last major family-owned aerospace company in the world, still owned by its founder’s family and bearing his name.

"It honours Marcel Dassault’s contribution to the Allied effort in the First World War, and also pays tribute to the memory of the generation that sacrificed their lives to defend their nation."

The sponsorship agreement was signed in Paris by General Elrick Irastorza, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the First World War Centenary Partnership, and Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.  

For more information on Dassault Aviation, see their website

For more information about the Verdun Memorial, click here

Posted by: Hannah Schneider, Centenary News