quarta-feira, 12 de novembro de 2014

Armistice Day celebrated from London to Paris with scale in Flanders

To 11:0 and 11 minutes this day 11 of 11, as there are 96 years, celebrated the Day of the Armistice, the reconciliation agreed between the parties without having to surrender and that ended the First World War, whose early marks a century this year. The chimes of Big Ben ", in London, served as part of the soundtrack of the celebrations scheduled for the area next to the Tower of London.

The Centre of the British capital was flooded for several days by a sea of red poppies of ceramics. One for each of the 888,246 British soldiers or of the CommonWealth who gave their lives in the great war, as part of the Allied forces who fought the forces of the central powers. The sea of poppies is an art installation by Paul Cummins (click here to see a gallery of pictures) and is part of the British initiatives to celebrate the end of the first world war.

Harry Hayes, a 13-year military Cadet whose tio-triavô died in that war, put it, this Tuesday, the ultimate red poppy of the installation. This kind of flower is a symbol of the great war British memory since a poem that time referred to a poppy which is fused with the dead on the battlefields of Flanders.

After the deposition of the last poppy, followed by two minutes of silence, that Queen Elizabeth II joined privately.

In Ypres, in Belgium, Armistice Day was also celebrated with pomp and circumstance. At the gates of Menin, in the region of Flanders, the cornets from the last post repeated the intonation of the ritual of musical tribute to the dead of the war of 100 years ago, which has already become a tradition and a decoy of tourists to the area.

The ceiling of the Menin gate are inscribed the names of over 54 thousand British and Commonwealth soldiers who lost their lives in the war and who have no known grave.

François Hollande, finally, started in Paris the French celebrations agenda. In the morning, the French President laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier at the Arc de Triomphe. In the afternoon, headed to the North of the country and, in the face of British officers, Belgians and Germans, inaugurated at Notre-Damme-de-Lorette, an international memorial to more than 600 thousand names of soldiers killed in combat and whose names were inscribed there without any reference to the country of origin.

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