A commemorative event at the Phaleron War Cemetery, in Athens, was organised by the Embassy of France in Greece, on the occasion of the anniversary of the end of the First World War, which was sealed with the armistice treaty between the Allies and Germany, signed on 11 November 1918 in the French city of Compiègne.
The commemorative event, which took place on Saturday, 11 November 2023, 105 years after the signing of the armistice treaty, was attended by the Australian Ambassador to Greece, Ms. Alison Duncan. Ms Duncan laid a wreath at the cemetery’s memorial to honour the men and women of the Allied Forces who fought and sacrificed during the First World War, including the thousands of men and women of the ANZACs.
“We are forever indebted to those who fought and made the ultimate sacrifice. We will not forget them”, says the Australian Embassy in its message.
It is worth noting that in several of the countries that took part in the First World War, 11 November has been designated as a day of remembrance and related events are organised every year. In France and Belgium it is called “Armistice Day” and is a public holiday. In Great Britain and several Commonwealth countries it is referred to as “Remembrance Day”, while in America it is known as “Veterans Day”.