2015 World War 1 Armistice Day in Paris


This morning as I was leaving a café nearby the Champs-Élysées, I noticed that a giant French flag was being set up under the Arc de Triomphe. This was part of the preparations for the World War I Armistice Day commemorations in Paris.

Tomorrow, on the 11th November, the President of the French Republic and his government will attend a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe, Paris. Under the arch François Hollande will follow the traditional laying of a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Soldat Inconnu) at 11am which will be followed by the observance of two consecutive minutes of silence. The first minute is dedicated to the soldiers and civilians who died during the conflict and the second to these left behind: widows, orphans, wounded…

The eternal Flame of Remembrance placed on the grave echoes that of the Vestal Virgins in Rome which was extinguished in 394 by Barbarian raids. It remembers the soldiers killed in the war who were never identified. Since 1923, the flame has been rekindled every evening at 6.30pm by associations of war veterans.

On the grave is inscribed:

“ici repose un soldat français mort pour la patrie 1914–1918″

“Here lies a soldier who died for his country 1914-1918″


About Author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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