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SACEUR observes Armistice Day in France

Supreme Allied Commander Europe,  General Curtis M. Scaparrotti,  welcomes Prefet Pierre Soubelet at the Suresnes American Cemetery for an Armistice Day event,  near Paris,  France,  Nov. 11,  2018. -NATO photo by Staff Sergeant Jimmie D. Pike
MONS, Belgium – Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, attended an Armistice Day centenary event in Paris, France, Nov. 11, 2018 to honour the veterans who passed the torch of liberty from one generation to the next.

The Armistice Day Commemoration ceremony took place at Arc de Triomphe to pay tribute to the service members who died as a result of The Great War, which ended 100 years ago on Nov. 11, 1918. The commemoration was attended by more than 50 world leaders.

After the commemoration, General Scaparrotti visited Suresnes American Cemetery which holds the remains of 1,541 Americans who died in the war.

"There is no doubt World War One was a significant victory for the Allied Forces, but we must not forget the cost of freedom," said General Scaparrotti. "Possibly the greatest lesson we have taken from the American Revolution, two World Wars, the Cold War, and our ongoing fight against terrorism, is that we are stronger together than apart - it takes an Alliance united under a common purpose to safeguard the freedom and security of our peoples."

"It is our duty to preserve the civilization they defended, and to protect the peace they so nobly gave their lives to secure one century ago."

Approximately 10 million soldiers from around the world died throughout the four-year war.

Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office

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