Commemorations of 11 November 2019 [fr]
Today the Embassy of France was pleased to host the Ceremony of the Remembrance Day to commemorate the sacrifices made by millions of women and men to protect our freedom as well as the spirit of reconciliation that we must always foster.
We were honored to welcome His Excellency General the Honourable, David Hurley Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.
His Excellency Mr Christophe Penot, Ambassador of France to Australia recalled that France did not forget the sacrifice Australians made.
The song “In Flanders Fields” by the Choir of Telopea Park School followed the speeches.
6 wreaths were laid on to the War memorial.
His Excellency General the Honourable, David Hurley Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Mrs Hurley.
The Honourable Linda Reynolds, Minister for Defense of Australia
His Excellency Mr Christophe Penot, Ambassador of France to Australia, and His Excellency Thomas Fitschen, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Honourable Dame Annette King, New Zealand High Commissioner to Australia and His Excellence Mrs. Vicky Treadell, high commissioner for the United Kingdom and the Honourable Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial.
The ceremony ended with the two National Anthems sang by the Choir of Telopea Park School and was followed by a Reception at the French Residence where Mr. Chris Latham launched the CD and the book of “The Diggers’ Requiem”. Mr Latham offered a copy to representatives of European embassies and cultural institutions which supported this wonderful project.