Ar­mistice cen­te­nary marked in Spain

HMA Si­mon Man­ley and Ger­man Am­bas­sador Wolf­gang Dold will give read­ings - “It is up to us to keep up this for­mi­da­ble legacy of peace”

Costa Levante News - - SPAIN NEWS -

ON Sun­day, No­vem­ber 11 the British Em­bassy in Madrid and con­sulates across Spain will mark the cen­te­nary of the Ar­mistice by tak­ing part in solemn acts of re­mem­brance, but also by giv­ing thanks – for the end of the war, for peace and for all those who re­turned to their fam­i­lies.

This year, the British and Ger­man Gov­ern­ments are pro­mot­ing a spe­cial pro­gramme of bell ring­ing as a sym­bolic way of giv­ing thanks for the end of war and re­mem­ber­ing the im­por­tance of peace.

In Lon­don, Pres­i­dent FrankWal­ter Stein­meier will lay a wreath at the Ceno­taph on be­half of the Ger­man peo­ple in an his­toric act of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

It will be the first time a Ger­man leader will lay a wreath at the cer­e­mony. The act marks the sig­nif­i­cance of the cen­te­nary, 100 years af­ter the guns fell silent on the West­ern Front af­ter four years of war.

Bells will be rung at many churches in Spain and the bi­lat­eral col­lab­o­ra­tion is also be­ing marked in other ways.

HMA Si­mon Man­ley and Ger­man Am­bas­sador Wolf­gang Dold will give read­ings at the Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice at St Ge­orge’s Church in Madrid.

HMA will also at­tend an event at the Ger­man Am­bas­sador’s res­i­dence with the his­to­rian Dr Robert-Ben­jamin Ger­warth en­ti­tled ‘Cien años de­spués, ¿por qué Europa no en­con­tró la paz de­spués de la Primera Guerra Mun­dial?’ (100 years af­ter - why did Europe not find peace af­ter the First World War).

In Barcelona, HM con­sul Lloyd Milen is mod­er­at­ing a youth de­bate to­gether with his French and Ger­man coun­ter­parts on ‘Per­spec­ti­vas de la ju­ven­tud eu­ro­pea 1918-2018’ (Per­spec­tives of Eu­ro­pean Youth 1918-2018).

HMA Si­mon Man­ley said: “As we re­mem­ber the fallen on No­vem­ber 11, it is im­por­tant to re­flect on the im­por­tance of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and ex­plore how, es­pe­cially at a time when some seek to pro­voke dis­cord and in- tol­er­ance, we can build bridges where oth­ers want to build walls.

“As Eu­ro­peans, we are bound to­gether by our val­ues, our shared me­mories of the con­ti­nent’s his­tory and our com­mon as­pi­ra­tions for peace, se­cu­rity and pros­per­ity.

“That is why I am pleased to be stand­ing along­side my Ger­man coun­ter­part on No­vem­ber 11 to mark rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and the peace that ex­ists be­tween our two na­tions to­day.”

Ger­man Am­bas­sador Wolf­gang Dold said: “One hun­dred years ago, af­ter un­speak­able suf­fer­ing on both sides of the trenches, the guns fell silent.

“But Europe still had a long way to go to­wards an era of last­ing peace and democ­racy.

“It took great courage to speak of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion only a few short years af­ter the dev­as­ta­tion of the First World War and the hor­rors of the Sec­ond World War.

“To­day, as we jointly com­mem­o­rate the fallen, we also stand up against those who yet again seek to open up di­vi­sions amongst our peo­ples.

“It is up to us to keep up this for­mi­da­ble legacy of peace.” The Coun­cil of Min­is­ters was due to ap­prove mea­sures yes­ter­day (Thurs­day) to al­low the ex­huma­tion of the re­mains of fas­cist dic­ta­tor Fran­cisco Franco from the pur­pose­built mau­soleum in the Valle de los Caí­dos. Prime Min­is­ter Pe­dro Sánchez said these were ‘some of the fi­nal ad­min­is­tra­tive de­tails’ needed to re­move Franco’s body from the mon­u­ment which is sup­posed to be a me­mo­rial to the dead of the Span­ish Civil War, but only re­mem­bers those who fought for the Na­tion­al­ist side. Thou­sands of Re­pub­li­can sup­port­ers were used as forced labour af­ter the civil war ended in 1939 to ex­ca­vate a vast cham­ber in the side of the val­ley were the mon­u­ment is sit­u­ated. Many of them died in the bru­tal con­di­tions they worked un­der. The Valle de los Caí­dos has al­ways been a ral­ly­ing point for Franco’s sup­port­ers and many still pay homage to the dic­ta­tor at the site. The So­cial­ist (PSOE) gov­ern­ment has vowed to ‘de­politi­cise’ the mon­u­ment and en­sure it re­mem­bers all the dead of the con­flict. The Coun­cil of Min­is­ters will ask Madrid re­gional gov­ern­ment for a re­port which has to been pro­duced within a month on san­i­tary-re­lated as­pects of the ex­huma­tion. They will then send their own guide­lines to Madrid city hall so they can re­move the dic­ta­tor’s body. On Wed­nes­day po­lice in Ter­rassa, Barcelona ar­rested a se­cu­rity guard who stated on What­sApp he was go­ing to kill the PM in re­venge for ex­hum­ing Franco’s re­mains. Ac­cord­ing to state news agency EFE, he is an ex­pert marks­man who had an arsenal of weapons in his home.

Si­mon Man­ley will be joined by his coun­ter­part in Spain Wolf­gang Dold

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