Strange courage is the best way to explain the decision of a French Police Lieutenant Colonel, Arnaud Beltrame.

On Friday, he decided to trade places with a terrorist's hostage, but the negotiation resulted in his death.

His memorial is holding on Wednesday at the main courtyard of the Invalides monument, home to Napoleon’s tomb, in the presence of Lt. Col. Beltrame’s family and the families of other victims of the attack. 

The terrorist, a gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State, shot the colonel who died later in the hospital. 

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After his death, French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said on Twitter that "France will never forget his heroism, bravery and sacrifice".

His death highlights his commitment to his nation, as reports say his mother knew he was the one the moment she heard a police traded places with a terrorist's hostage. 

May his soul rest in peace.

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burial of french police dies in place of hostage
burial of french police dies in place of hostage