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.