Lest we forget

On November 11, 2018, France remembered the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.  Ceremonies were held all over the country, to honour those who had fought and died in that war.  The ceremony in Saint-Chinian took place at the Monument aux Morts, the War Memorial, in the garden outside the town hall.

The War Memorial in Saint-Chinian was sculpted in the 1920’s by Jean Magrou, a well known sculptor from Beziers.

For the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the town hall had been decorated with the flags of some of the countries involved in that war.  Can you tell which countries the flags represent?

A good number of people and regimental flags turned out for the remembrance ceremony!!

Following a speech by the mayor, a wreath was laid, a minute’s silence observed, and then the Marseillaise was played (and sung)!

After the ceremony, everybody proceeded to the cemetery, to pay their respects at the Carre Militaire, the graves of the soldiers who died for their country.

Their final resting places are marked with simple white crosses, on which their names and dates are inscribed.

November 11th remembers the signing of the Armistice, which put an end to four years of deadly conflict in Europe.  Millions of soldiers lost their lives during the war!  Statistics say about 6000 people died every day during the four years the war lasted.  That’s more than three times the entire population of present-day Saint-Chinian!

Right now we are enjoying the longest period of peace Europe has known for a long time – let’s work together to keep it that way!

Here is the solution to the flag question (from left to right):

Serbia, Portugal, Australia, Canada, Romania, France, Great Britain, Russia, Italy, USA, Montenegro, Belgium, Greece, New Zealand.  It took me some time to figure them out!! 🙂

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