When we denigrate a nation, we usually are manifesting our displeasure with their leaders, not with the people. The French have been vilified for a long time in this respect.
The above video shows the love and devotion of Mrs. Billie Harris, a WWII fighter pilot's widow, who waited over sixty years for the US government to inform her of her husband's death. Even as recently as 2005, government officials still obfuscated her search for her husband until a family member did the work that the government wouldn't.
It also demonstrates how wrong we can be about the French people. Watch as the French village of Les Nentes honors the sacrifice of US Army Air Corp Lt. 1/C Billie D. Harris.
In an attempt to avoid injuring innocent civilians, Lt. Harris purposely crashed his disabled plane just outside this small village in 1944.
Thanks Charlie. This one misted me up.