Yesterday you could read we attended the first Paris Peace Forum (read our news), and on the same day the event started, Armistice Day ceremonies (which coincided with Veterans Day in the United States) also took place in Paris to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War I.
World leaders gathered in Paris to mark the centenary of the Armistice, including US President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. They walked to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier:
— FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) November 11, 2018
President Emmanuel Macron adressed world leaders in a speech lasting nearly 20 minutes.
As we mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, may we draw from its lessons and strengthen international cooperation to face the tests and threats of today and tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/ldrnHSNGuW
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) November 11, 2018
During the commemoration ceremony at the Art de Triomphe, we were in awe when we watched the performance by Beninese singer and activist Angelique Kidjo. She sang (in the Mina language) in front of heads of states a song of gratitude from late Togolese singer Bella Bellow titled Blewu in the memory of the fallen African soldiers of World War I.
Amazing tribute to the #Africa|n soldiers who fought in #WW1 by the great @AngeliqueKidjo singing #Blewu 🎤 (from Togolese 🇹🇬 singer #BellaBellow) this morning at the Arc de Triomphe in #Paris 🇫🇷 #ArmisticeDay100 #11Novembre #Centenaire1418 pic.twitter.com/UsDvsouEXE
— The Sama Gazette (@SamaGazette) November 11, 2018
Our friends from the Sama Family at the SamaGazette tweeted about the performance and we wanted to share the very moving video with you if you missed it…