Remembrance Day 2017 commemorated at the Embassy of France [fr]
The 99th anniversary of the Armistice, which marks the end of World War One, was celebrated on Saturday 11 November at the Embassy of France. In the presence of heads of missions and honorable guests, Ambassador Penot and the Honorable Dan Tehan MP the Australian Minister for Veterans’ Affairs remembered those who fought all wars, and reiterated the strong ties between France and Australia.
Nearly 200 people, representing a dozen different countries, gathered at the Embassy of France to commemorate Remembrance Day, including politicians, military officials and war veterans.
Ambassador Penot emphasized that “What is so special in the case in Australia is that its soldiers died on the other side of the world where Australia had no territories: the diggers stood up to defend their ideals and our liberty”. He insisted on the essential commitment to celebrate and pay tribute “to those Australians who fell on French soil”.
Ambassador Penot also noted that President Macron and Prime Minister Turnbull recently met in Paris and reaffirmed “the deepness and diversity of our relationship, stronger than ever in all areas”.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan was honored “to commemorate Australian and French servicemen and women who have given so much for our countries” and recalled the bonds forged between in Australia and France in the trenches of the Western Front where they fought in “battles among the longest and costliest in world’s history”.
Following these two speeches, Telopea Park School choir sang “In Flanders Field” and France and Australia’s national anthems.
Then official and representatives, including every branch of military, payed their respects after solemnly laying flowers at the Embassy’s war memorial, to conclude with respect and dignity a very beautiful and symbolic ceremony. Lest we forget.