France and New Zealand commemorated the centenary of the Liberation of Le Quesnoy [fr]
On Sunday 4 November 2018, France and New Zealand celebrated the centenary of the liberation of Le Quesnoy by NZ troups.
On 4 November 1918, the French town of Le Quesnoy, was liberated by the New Zealand Division. More than 100 New Zealand soldiers died during battle around the fortified town.
100 years later, France and New Zealand conjointly commemorated this historical moment, in both France and New Zealand, which embodies the special bound shared between our two nations since World War 1.
In Wellington, the Embassy of France took part in a moving ceremony held at the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park and paid tribute to NZ sacrifice during World War 1.
— France in NZ (@AmbafranceNZ) 4 novembre 2018
After the Hall of Memories’ ceremony, Ambassador Carta-Le Vert and Hon Ron Mark, NZ Defence minister, laid a wreath at the French memorial nearby.
This ceremony was followed, later this day, by another ceremony held directly in Le Quesnoy and attended by Dame Patsy Reddy, Governor-General of New Zealand, and Geneviève Darrieussecq, Minister of State, attached to the Minister for the Armed Forces.
Commémoration du #Memorial de #lequesnoy dédié au sacrifice consenti par la nation 🇳🇿: 100.000 soldats engagés (sur 1 million d’hab), 18.500 morts, 50.000 blessés. Il est également une ode à la paix. @NZDefenceForce #Centenaire1418 #Remembrance #LeQuesnoy100 #firstworldwar #1GM pic.twitter.com/MV1o0LIFJK
— Geneviève Darrieussecq (@gdarrieussecq) 4 novembre 2018
Following the armistice commemoration ceremonies, France will host the first Paris Peace from 11 to 13 November 2018. Learn more about this annual meeting for projects, ideas and initiatives which effectively contribute to better international cooperation on the key global issues.