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France Celebrates Veterans' Day in Washington

France Celebrates Veterans’ Day in Washington

Published on November 13, 2014

On the occasion of Veterans’ Day on November 11th, the French Embassy and consulates throughout the United States commemorated French and American veterans for their service to both countries, a hundred years after the first World War. In Washington, D.C., the Defense Mission of the French Embassy participated in a commemoration ceremony at the Canadian Embassy before a wreath-laying at Arlington National Ceremony. Tri-colored flags were laid on the tombs of the French military members buried at the Cemetery. Among the honored were those buried at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier, John J. Pershing, and Captain Pierre l’Enfant.

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Ambassador Gérard Araud

On the occasion of the centennial anniversary of World War I, the Embassy held a screening of the documentary series Apocalypse: WWI in the evening. The series is a culmination of more than 500 hours of mostly unseen archival footage that invites the viewer into the lives of both soldiers and civilians during the Great War. Ambassador Gérard Araud spoke at the opening of the documentary, saying, "We have gathered today to commemorate the death of the soldiers who fell, no matter under which flag." Veterans and students from the local French high school, Lycée Rochambaud, attended the screening.

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