Armistice Ceremony 2019

All went well on the day in La Souterraine, the Maire was very pleased that there was a good turn out of people, as well as the British contingent.

To combat the rain, long tents were erected for people to stand under and then a lady accompanied the speaker with an umbrella, so all bases were covered. Happily, it stopped raining for the procession to the cemetery.

This year John Essom kindly offered to represent the English library to lay a wreath and read an address. Thanks and credit goes to both him and Sally Essom for their effort representing the Library on remembrance day this year.

There was a last minute panic, as the poppy wreath, ordered from the Royal British legion in the UK, did not arrive in time, so John and Sally, with the help of their visitors, fabricated one to be laid on the day.

Address speech below

Dear friends of both French and English speaking communities of La Souterraine,
On behalf of the English Community in the region and in particular of the English Library of La Souterraine, I will place this wreath in honour of those of all nations who have given their lives in defence of our values of freedom and justice in the Great War of 1914-18, the 2nd world war of 1939-45, and all other armed conflicts since. We remember them and thank them for their sacrifice.

In the words of the famous poem by Laurence Binyon:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Address content provided by Damian Trafford..

The ceremony photos below were kindly taken and provided by Sally and John Essom and Christine and Rodney Seamen.


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