Vanuatu marching in Paris [fr]
Seven representatives from Vanuatu will be present on the Champs Elysées avenue in Paris for the yearly French national day parade on 14 July. This year this day also commemorates the beginning of the First World War precisely one hundred years ago.
In front of the Port-Vila War cenotaph, from left to right, Sg Mj William, Lt Tavou, Sgt Vuke, the French ambassador Michel Djokovic, Renjo Caleb, Nelly Kaltak, Stefika Amarilu and John Cleef Maki.
Three Vanuatu Mobile Force (VMF) personnel will parade behind the Vanuatu flag among representatives from the 80 countries that have taken part in the war in some way. These personnel are Lieutenant Avia Alon Boma Tavou, from the fire unit, Sergeant major Collen William, from the ceremony and discipline unit, and Sergeant Marie Christine Vuke, from the VMF band.
Four students have also been invited to be part of a specially choreographed show at the end of the military parade: John Cleef Maki and Stefika Amariliu, from Lycée Louis-Antoine de Bougainville, in Port-Vila, and Renjo Caleb and Nelly Kaltak, from Malapoa College.