Europe marks WWI centenary, commemorates 8.5m military, 6m civilian dead

The main event of the centenary of the World War I Armistice took place Sunday in drenching rain at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to the appalling numbers of lives sacrificed in the four years of the Great War, estimated at 8.5 soldiers from the US, Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Russia. and 6 million civilians. Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin and Chancellor Angela Merkel were present along with 70 world leaders, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

In London, heads of the three branches of the armed forces laid wreaths at the Cenotaph and tens of thousands of veterans of different wars paraded past the national war memorial to the accompaniment of military bands. In Belgium, memorial ceremonies were held in the graveyards of Ypres. There, more than a million soldiers lost their lives in the four most terrible battles fought by the European allies against Germany up until 1918.

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3 thoughts on “Europe marks WWI centenary, commemorates 8.5m military, 6m civilian dead

  • Nov 11, 2018 @ 17:34 at 17:34
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    The Balfour Declaration was a public statement issued by the British government during World War I

    “His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object”

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    • Nov 11, 2018 @ 19:34 at 19:34
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      the real Balfour declaration?

      “The contradiction between the letter of the Covenant of the League of Nations and the policy of the Allies is even more flagrant in the case of the independent nation of Palestine than in that of the independent nation of Syria. For, in Palestine we do not propose even to go through the form of consulting the wishes of the present inhabitants of the country. The four great powers are committed to Zionism and Zionism, be it right or wrong, good or bad, is rooted in age-long tradition, in present needs, in future hopes, of far profounder import than the desires and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land. In my opinion that is right. What I have never been able to understand is how it can be harmonised with the Anglo-French declaration, the Covenant, or the instructions to the commission of Enquiry… In fact, so far as Palestine is concerned, the powers have made no statement of fact that is not admittedly wrong, and no declaration of policy which, at least in the letter, they have not always intended to violate.”
      (Arthur James Balfour, August 1919)

      chickens. roost. home.

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      • Nov 11, 2018 @ 21:47 at 21:47
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        Sorry Abdul, like always you are very wrong, the “Balfour Declaration” is the British government declaration, not some Arthur’s mumbling you are quoting.

        There is Paris, and Paris in Texas US, same name but, you know….

        Keep alcohol far from you, Arabs don’t! This is so obvious a thing, even the 35 IQ retarded prophet has noticed.

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