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
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