Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Europe Marks WW1 anniversary

(LtoR) Britain's Prince Harry, Belgium's Queen Mathilde, Duchess of Cambridge Catherine, Belgium's King Philippe, Britain's Prime minister David Cameron and Britain's Prince William attend a ceremony at the Saint Symphorien Military cemetery in Mons, Belgium, during commemorations marking 100 years since the invasion of Belgium by Germany at the start of World War I. (JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom)
The French and German presidents commemorate the 100th anniversary of Germany’s declaration of war on France on August 3, 1914.

Francois Hollande and his German counterpart, Joachim Gauck, made a joint tribute in Alsace to soldiers killed during World War One.

They  lay the first stone for a memorial at Vieil Armand cemetery.

On Monday events were held in Belgium to mark Britain’s declaration of war on Germany.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron will take part in that ceremony in recognition of the day that Britain went to war.

Some 30,000 men were killed in the mountains around Vieil Armand, known in German as Hartmannswillerkopf.

The cemetery there contains the remains of 12,000 unidentified soldiers.

Hollande and Gauck will pay tribute to the sacrifice those men made and celebrate the importance of the modern Franco-German relationship in Europe.

They will lay the foundation stone for a Great War memorial and exhibition centre on the site, which is due to open its doors to the public in 2017.

The two leaders will meet again on Monday in the Belgian city of Liege, where heads of state from across Europe will mark the escalation of the war after Germany invaded Belgium.

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