Launching of commemoration for the Centenary of the Great War [fr]

JPEGMr François Hollande, President of the Republic, has officially launched the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War.

The President’s speech on 7 November 2013

‘We stand on the threshold of exceptionally important commemorative cycles for our country but also for Europe and for the world, the Centenary of the First World War and the seventieth anniversary of the Liberation of France.

These two major conflicts are branded in our national memory where personal stories are mingling and linking together and mixing with the destiny of our country. These two founding events are echoing and bonded together but we will celebrate them separately because of their uniqueness and specificity.”

To read more (in French).

Official Program for 2014 in France

5 major events have been selected for commemoration ceremonies:

  • From 22 to 28 June, Sarajevo heart of Europe
    Commemoration of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, marking the outbreak of the Great War.
  • 14 July, international launching of the Centenary with a march on the Champs-Elysées Avenue with 72 countries participating.
  • From 1 to 3 August au 3 août, commemoration of the general mobilization
  • 12 September, commemoration of the Battle of the Marne
  • 11 Novembre, to commemorate the Race for the Sea and the 1918 armistice

For more information.

2014 Program in Vanuatu

In Vanuatu (New Hebrides at that time), the beginning of the First World War was mainly a time for French-British naval expeditions in the Pacific with the aim to take possession of German colonies there (Papua New Guinea, Samoa…) and fight any German ship found in the area.

Around one hundred people volunteered at that time to fight in Europe.

The provisional calendar for commemoration in Vanuatu is set up according to the highlights of WWI in the area as below:

17/08/1914 : mobilization order arrives in Port Vila

17 August 2014 Lecture by Dr Sylvette Boubin-Boyer, Phd in History, specialist on the Great War in the Pacific.

07/09/1914 : first act of war in the Pacific

From 26 August to 12 September 2014 Exhibition at the Lycée Français on the Great War in the Pacific.

November 1914 : the war in the Pacific is still going on

From 10 to 21 November 2014 Exhibition at the French cultural center on WWI in New Caledonia and in the New Hebrides, in partnership with the Nouméa museum.
Movies in the islands. Fictions on the Great War, in the Alliances françaises, in schools and on several islands

11/11/1918 : Armistice

11 November2014 Commemoration of the 1918 Armistice organized by the Veterans’ Association (association des anciens combattants)


Published on 25/08/2014

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