Embassy commemorates 11 November
Ceremonies at Brookwood military cemetery, the Marshal Foch statue in London and the French Residence show the French community’s solidarity with the UK on Remembrance Day
11 November 2017
As part of the annual Remembrance Day commemorative events, Ambassador Jean-Pierre Jouyet attended ceremonies at Brookwood military cemetery and the Marshal Foch statue in London, before awarding the Légion d’honneur to seven British D-Day veterans.
Junior officers from the French military academy of Saint-Cyr and representatives of French veterans’ associations joined civilian and military members of the Embassy’s defence department at Brookwood to pay tribute to the French and foreign soldiers who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars.
Alongside the Ambassador was Olivier Cadic, Senator for French nationals living abroad; Sylvaine Carta-Le Vert, the French Consul General; Alexandre Holroyd, National Assembly Deputy for French citizens living in Northern Europe; and Vice Admiral Patrick Chevallereau, the Defence Attaché.
The Ambassador paid tribute to all those who had lost their lives in both world wars, while also praising the more than 20,000 French soldiers currently serving their country on foreign operations.
Later, a second ceremony, attended by the Ambassador and the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Ian Adams, took place at the foot of the Marshal Foch statue in London.
Alongside were Coldstream Guards from the Household Division and delegations from French voluntary organizations and schools in London, including the Lycée International Winston Churchill and the Lycée Charles de Gaulle, one of whose pupils also made a speech.
Ambassador Jouyet said: "Remembering is never forgetting what those before us have endured, in order to draw lessons for future generations."
The Ambassador then awarded the Légion d’honneur to seven British Second World War veterans, at the French Residence in Kensington.
Addressing the veterans, the Ambassador said:
“You embody the virtues of self-sacrifice, perseverance and dedication to the cause of freedom: virtues that make you heroes, virtues society can learn from, virtues that can inspire young people.”