On Sunday 11, November 2018, world leaders across the globe gathered to honour fallen soldiers killed in World War One, The 100 years 1918 Armistice.
On Sunday President Macron Emmanuel of France hosted world leaders, in Paris, France to honour soldiers who were killed in the first World War which took away Millions of lives. The ceremony was attended by notable world leaders, such as Russian President Vladimir Putin, US. President Donald Trump, German Angela Merkel, Turkish President Erdogan, and other royalties, however, the British prime minister Theresa May was absent, she attended a separate event in London. It was targetted to warn against nationalism.
As Reported by Reuters, Macron gave a 20 minutes speech beside the tomb of the unknown soldiers, Macron described the “unimaginable hell” of those who fought in the trenches, denouncing the nationalism that fanned the flames of war and now shows signs of resurgence.
Macron spoke bluntly of the threat from nationalism, calling it a betrayal of moral values. Trump, who has described himself as a nationalist and has promoted what he calls an “America First” policy, sat a few feet (meters) away, stony-faced.
“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism: nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism,” Macron said. “When we say ‘our interests come first, those of others don’t matter’, we erase the very thing that a nation holds most precious, that which gives it life and makes it great: its moral values,” Reuters.
The first World war which lasted for 4 years, began in 1914 and ended at exactly 11 a.m on November 11, 1918. The commemoration lasted for 90 minutes which included the reading by children of letters written by German, French and British soldiers during the war, a recital by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and a moving performance of Maurice Ravel’s Bolero.
President Macron in a statement said, “It is our deeply rooted obligation to think of the future, and to consider what is essential”, this was one of the motives of commemorating the fallen soldiers killed in the war.