The Second world War ended on 8 may 1945, 75 years ago exactly. Because of the epidemic of Covid-19, the commemoration of the Armistice will be this year, without public… which does not prevent citizens to go to blossom individually in the monuments to the dead, writes the Committee in Paris for the Liberation.
On may 8, 1945, nazi Germany capitulated and the Allies came out victorious from the Second world War. It was 75 years ago. In France, 8 of may day is a bank holiday, and celebrations are usually organised in front of the monuments to the dead of the commons.
The plan déconfinement of the French population does not commence until the 11th of may, the commemoration of 8 may will take this year a new form. The terms of these celebrations in particular were announced, the 20 April, by Geneviève Darrieussecq, State secretary to the minister of the Army.
May 8, 2020 : ceremonies without public
“A ceremony, presided over by the President of the Republic, will take place in the morning in Paris, the Arc de triomphe, in the presence of a limited number of civil and military authorities. This national ceremony will not be open to the public but will be broadcast live on television, ” said Geneviève Darrieussecq.
“In the all departments as well as in the overseas territories, the Prefects and High Commissioners will host a ceremony at the monument to the dead of the commune chief-place in a restricted format and in strict compliance with the measures of distance. This ceremony will not be open to the public. “
“In the municipalities, the mayors will be able to organize, format, very limited and strictly adhering to the measures of aloofness, a wreath laying at the monument to the dead. This ceremony will not be open to the public. “
Emmanuel Macron invites the French to adorn their windows with flags
“In order to show their participation in this national day, the President of the Republic asked the French and to the French who wish to celebrate their balcony in the national colours “, also said the secretary of State to the minister of the Army.
For its part, The Committee in Paris for the Release calls on the French to visit and flourish individually the monument to the dead of the commune : “The Parisian Committee of the Liberation and of the many associations of memory, call to our fellow citizens, while respecting the gestures barriers, distancing physical and the terms and conditions of travel deviating to go to individually submit on may 8, 2020 a flower, a bouquet, a drawing, a poem on the monuments to the dead, at the foot of the plates of the memory of all the victims of nazism in your town. “, he meant in a letter dated 2 may.