Armistice Day 2004

 

Armistice Day, commemorates the end of the Great War (1914-1918) On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of 1918 the guns fell silent to end the war to end all wars.
In France the eleventh is a public holiday and we commemorate not only the fallen of the Great War but also WWII and the subsequent wars that have plagued us ever since.
Those who are religious attend mass, but many more arrive at the monument that each village has to remember the dead of the city, town, village.
Wreaths are laid flowers place and a minutes silence held.
In our area the names of the fallen are read out and the assembled group reply "died for France" In many villages in Normandy this list includes our liberators from 1944, Americans, British, Canadians and the other Allied nations who took part.
The pictures are from Port Bail and Fierville les Mines.

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