Tag: remembrance

6th November 2018 Skopje, North Macedonia

Glenn Stennes

Retired member of the Canadian Army, President of the Macedonian Front Society

Bringing people together through history

“He lay out upon a precipitous hillside, under the light of a waning moon. It was very quiet; the guns, active throughout the night, were now dumb. On either side of him, in a silence only broken by their heavy breathing, the men of the battalion lay prone along a series of tape lines, laid […]

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5th May 2015

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by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)


It is rather poignant that the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day – 8 May 1945, the day that World War II in Europe officially ended – falls the day after the British General Election. It reminds us of the fundamental reason why Britain went to war in 1939, reluctantly but determinedly; to […]

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27th January 2015

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by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

Remembering the Holocaust

In November 2005, the United Nations General Assembly declared 27 January as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The date recognises the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau slave labour and extermination camps in 1945.  As well as being an occasion to remember the millions who suffered and died under Nazi policies, Holocaust Memorial Day gives us a chance […]

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17th December 2014 Colombo, Sri Lanka

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by Laura Davies

Former Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

How will we remember?

The 26th of December 2004 is not a day the world will easily forget. An earthquake measuring 9.3 on the Richter scale off the coast of Indonesia triggered one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history: a monstrous tidal wave that struck the coasts of at least thirteen countries, killing nearly 300,000, of whom […]

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14th November 2014 Skopje, North Macedonia

We will remember them

Remembrance is a hugely significant event for the British people and particularly poignant for members of Her Majesty’s armed forces.  This year I joined the British Ambassador, Mr Charles Garrett at a service at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in Skopje. We were joined by the Minister of Defence, Dr Zoran Jolevski, representatives of […]

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25th February 2014

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by Jonathan Allen

Former Ambassador to Bulgaria

Remembering the Holocaust

The usual approach of a blogger or commentator to a historical event is to look for modern-day comparisons; to use the event to support a link to a trend of interest or concern. But this approach cannot be adopted on the Holocaust. Because of its horrors, because of its sheer scale, there can be no […]

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26th April 2013

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by Paul Madden

British Ambassador to Japan

35,000 silent mourners at ANZAC Day commemoration

The silence of 35,000 people gathered in pre-dawn darkness is a genuinely spine-tingling experience. Every year more and more Australians seem to want to turn out for what is both an annual commemoration of Australia’s war sacrifices and a proud expression of national identity. Before the service, Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith, one of Australia’s four living […]

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12th November 2012 Paris, France

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by Peter Ricketts

Ambassador to France from February 2012 to January 2016.

Remembrance 2012: Lest we forget

The Cenotaph in London

I’m speaking to you just after the commemorations here of 11 November, when we  look back and remember those killed in all the wars in the last hundred years. This was my first time in Paris attending these commemorations and it was the privilege to be at the Arc de Triomphe where the Président de […]

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