Emmanuel Macron went this Saturday to Mont-Valérien, in the Hauts-de-Seine, to preside over the ceremony commemorating the 82nd anniversary of the Appeal of June 18, 1940.
A tribute to history. The President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron went to Mont Valérien this Saturday to lead the traditional ceremony to commemorate the Appeal of June 18, 1940. He was accompanied for the occasion by Prime Minister Elizabeth Borne.
This 82e anniversary had a special flavor, since it was the first ceremony to take place after the death of the last Compagnon de la Liberation, Hubert Germain.
Died on October 12, 2021 (and buried in the crypt of Mont-Valérien), the man who had joined England on June 24, 1940, after having refused the armistice signed two days earlier, had expressed a wish which was respected this Saturday. The ceremony was thus “an opportunity to mark the durability of the values of the Order (of the Liberation, editor’s note) and to highlight their transmission to young people”.
Meditation in the crypt
Emmanuel Macron arrived on site at 11 a.m. at the Memorial of Fighting France, at Mont-Valérien. After a Marseillaise and the review of the troops, General de Gaulle’s Appeal of June 18 was read, then the flame of the memorial was rekindled. The president then gathered in the crypt, before attending a military parade.
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Once the ceremony was over, he went to greet personalities of the Order of Liberation, veterans and children, who attended.
The Minister of the Armies, Sébastien Lecornu, the Chief of Staff of the Armies, General Thierry Burkhard, and the military governor of Paris, Christophe Abad, were also present on site.
Furthermore, on the sidelines of the commemoration, another ceremony is being held today in Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises (Haute-Marne), to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the Charles de Gaulle memorial (in 1972, by President Georges Pompidou). The famous Cross of Lorraine, symbol of the place, is particularly highlighted.