100th Anniversary of the Armistice- 11 November 2018
On November 11, the Consul general took part in the Memorial Oak Grove Rededication Ceremony, that took place at Louisiana State University, with Interim Executive Vice-President and Provost, Stacia L Haynie.
This very moving moment honored the 30 LSU students who participated in the Great War and sacrificed themselves for the freedom of the European continent, in presence of the family members of those who have fallen.
It was also an opportunity, in presence of Veterans, cadets, many students, to stress the unshakable friendship between France and the United States.
You can read the remarks by Consul general Sciama here:
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is my privilege to be with so many of you today for this Memorial Oak Groves Honorees Rededication ceremony.
As you know, both here and in France, commemorations of the centennial of the end of World War I are eliciting the same respectful interest.
Today, President Trump has stood alongside President Macron at the final ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of a war that ravaged Europe and the world. Yesterday, French President and German Chancellor Merkel stood together where the Armistice was signed. It was a very symbolic moment.
Today, your presence here is also a symbol of the solid and lasting nature of the special relationship between France and The United States, a strong relationship, based on trust, respect, and appreciation.
You remember what General Pershing or more probably Colonel Stanton said, in front of the tomb of the most American French person, at Picpus cemetery on July 4, 1917: « Lafayette, we are here ».
Ladies and gentlemen,
yes, we are here today to celebrate this 100th anniversary, a strong relationship that has endured for centuries, a friendship that was forged in Yorktown, Virginia, on American soil more than 230 years ago. A friendship that was renewed in the crucible trenches in the Meuse, Belleau Wood, and the Marne Valley a century ago.
We, the French, will never forget that when American support was needed, you were there. And we are here to remember the two million Americans who shared their destinies with those of the French soldiers and their allies. We are here to remember those who have fallen. And among them 30 students from this great university.
So let us think about them and express our gratitude.
Today is also the opportunity to think about the lessons learned from this dark period of history, where rising nationalism lead to catastrophe. And to propose some solutions to global challenges we are all facing now. Let me name a few: peace in the Middle East, climate change, terrorism, trade disputes. That is what the First Paris Peace Forum is all about, that started this afternoon, with many heads of states.
Because it is crucial, especially for young generations, that we find a way not to repeat the mistakes of the past, and to ensure an environment and a world of peace where international dialogue will prevail over strength.
Because peace and prosperity are our most precious treasures.