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Tonga commemorated 100th anniversary Armistice Day

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 12/11/2018

Tonga yesterday commemorated the lives lost in the First World War, on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice to end the great war.

Yesterday marked armistice day, commemorating the signing of the armistice that ended the first world war. Tonga joined the rest of the world in this with a commemoration service held at the Tongan War Memorial at Pangai Lahi.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918, the armistice was signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, to end World War I.

Yesterday, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 2018, Tonga marked 100 years since the signing of the armistice, with a commemoration service at the Tongan War Memorial, paying respect to the fallen soldiers.

Their Majesties King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u attended the ceremony, where His Majesty laid a wreath at the cenotaph, honoring the memory of those who sacrificed their lives for the world we live in today.

The Prime Minister followed, laying a wreath at the cenotaph along with the foreign diplomatic corps, and representatives from foreign defense and police forces.

There were a handful of Tongan volunteers who participated in World War I, as part of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Overall there were close to 20 million who died in the war, 9.7 million were military personnel, and about 10 million were civilians, while another 21 million had been wounded.

This was a very important day in many countries around the world, particularly the countries directly involved in the war, like France, Germany, Britain, and several other European countries. There were different commemoration services held the world over to mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice, and to honor the millions who died in the war.

Many world leaders gathered in Paris, France where they paid their respects at one of the most renowned World War I memorials, the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” under the Arc de Triomphe, which honors one unknown soldier to symbolise all of those who died in battle fighting for their country.

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