(My theme for April's A to Z blogging challenge is postcards. If you want, read my intro post).
I received this card from France in May of 2017. The sender writes that Orleans is known for Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc) aka Maid of Orelans, which I knew. She also wrote that they celebrate her on May 8. That part I did not know, so I did a quick Google search.
This revealed that St. Joan's Day (Joan of Arc was canonized May 16, 1920) in France takes place on May 30, the day she was burnt at the stake. However, in Orleans they celebrate that day on May 9, which is one day after the army led by Joan saved Orleans from British forces. The sender was off by one day, but perhaps she meant that May 8 was the date Orleans was liberated.
Anyway, the postcard itself depicts La Place du Martroi, then and now. The statue is modeled after St. Joan.