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Re-lighting the flame at the Arc de Triomphe

22 November 2012

Each year the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is represented at the ceremony and service for the relighting of the flame at the tomb of the unknown soldier at the Arc the Triomphe in Paris.

Customarily the ceremony is held a week after Remembrance Sunday and is attended by members of the CWGC French Joint Committee which consists of CWGC commissioners and host nation officials.  The event is organised by a different member government each year, this year by Her Excellency Rosemary Banks, the New Zealand ambassador to France.

The CWGC Commissioner Professor Hew Strachan attended the event -- along with dozens of students from Lillers in northern France.