Act of Remembrance

On 11 Novem­ber 1918 four long years of war were brought to an end by the sign­ing of an ar­mistice agree­ment. On Remembrance Sun­day 2018 there are a num­ber of events hap­pen­ing across France to mark the cen­te­nary of the end of World War I

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Tomb of the Un­known Sol­dier, Paris

The main Ar­mistice Day com­mem­o­ra­tions take place in Paris as the French pres­i­dent lays a wreath near the eter­nal flame at the Tomb of the Un­known Sol­dier at the base of the Arc de Tri­om­phe. To mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of World War I, there will be a grand cer­e­mony at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 80 coun­tries who will then at­tend the in­au­gu­ral Paris Peace Fo­rum along with UN agen­cies and NGOS. Set to be an an­nual event, the fo­rum is de­signed to pro­mote peace and in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion.

Thiep­val Me­mo­rial to the Miss­ing of the Somme, Somme

As well as the of­fi­cial event in Paris, there are com­mem­o­ra­tions hap­pen­ing at most war memo­ri­als in north­ern France and Bel­gium on 11 Novem­ber. The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion is or­gan­is­ing a com­mem­o­ra­tion event at 11am on Remembrance Sun­day at the Thiep­val Me­mo­rial in Somme. The Thiep­val Me­mo­rial to the Miss­ing is one of the largest Com­mon­wealth war memo­ri­als and bears the names of more than 72,000 men who died on the bat­tle­fields of the Somme and have no known grave.

Mé­mo­rial de l’ar­mistice, Com­piègne

The ar­mistice agree­ment that marked the end of World War I was signed on 11 Novem­ber 1918 in a rail­way car­riage in the dense Forêt de Com­piègne, out­side Paris. To find out more about this his­toric agree­ment you can visit the site and a replica of the rail­way car­riage ( le wagon de l’ar­mistice) which is housed in the Mé­mo­rial de l’ar­mistice mu­seum. The mu­seum also houses ex­hibits ded­i­cated to Ar­mistice Day in 1918 and the ar­mistice that Hitler forced French mil­i­tary com­man­ders to sign on the site in June 1940. En­try costs €5. musee-ar­mistice-14-18.fr

Find out about other events hap­pen­ing in France to mark the cen­te­nary of World War I by vis­it­ing cen­te­naire.org

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