Nov 12, 2018

WWI Armistice centenary commemorated (Pics)

The world commemorated the 100th anniversary of the WWI Armistice, which was marked yesterday (11).

World leaders gathered in Paris to commemorate the event, which was also marked in many other countries.

French President Emmanuel Macron has urged world leaders marking the centenary of the World War One Armistice to reject nationalism. Addressing leaders in Paris - including US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin - he described it as a "betrayal of patriotism".

"By saying 'our interests first and never mind the others' you stamp out the most precious thing a nation has - its moral values," he said.

Some 9.7 million soldiers and 10 million civilians died in World War One from 1914 to 1918.

Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae’s most famous war poem - The Flander Fields, with its references to blood red poppies growing over countless graves of fallen soldiers, has resulted in the remembrance poppy becoming one of the world's most recognized memorial symbols for soldiers who have died in conflict.

The following are several photos of the WWI Armistice centernary being commemorated around the globe.

wore1Leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walk slowly toward the Arc de Triomphe ceremony (Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images)


3500Benin’s Angelique Kidjo performs in front of heads of states and world leaders during a commemoration ceremony. (François Mori/Reuters)

wore2Queen Elizabeth II, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge attend the ceremony at the Cenotaph. (Alastair Grant/AP)

wore3Veterans take part in the Royal British Legion's Veterans' March in central London (Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images)

wore4Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May lays a poppy wreath at the Cenotaph (Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images)

wore5The tide washes away a remembrance cross planted in the sand, as part of filmmaker Danny Boyle’s Pages of the Sea remembrance project. (Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters)

wore6People release a dove during a commemoration ceremony at the tomb of the unknown soldier at the Congress Column in Brussels, Belgium. (Olivier Hoslet/EPA)

wore7People watch as red paper poppies fall from the roof at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium (Virginia Mayo/AP)

wore8Crosses in the Fields of Remembrance in Auckland, New Zealand (Dave Rowland/Getty Images)

wore9Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, former Prime Minister Paul Keating and Prime Minister Scott Morrison walk along the Roll of Honor in Canberra, Australia (Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images)

wore10Red poppies are projected on to the sails of the Sydney Opera House. (David Gray/Reuters)

wore11Cricket captains Aaron Finch of Australia and Faf du Plessis of South Africa lay a wreath during a memorial service at Bellerive Oval in Hobart, Australia. (Dean Lewins/Reuters)

wore12Members of the public place floating poppies onto a pond during a service at the Anzac memorial in Sydney, Australia. (David Gray/Reuters)