#AnzacDay – Commemorating the Australian Ally of the Great War

On 24 April, the Prime Minister Édouard Philippe, in the presence of the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, inaugurated the Sir John Monash Centre in Fouilloy (Somme).
In the afternoon, the two leaders inaugurated the Sir John Monash Centre in Fouilloy, in honour of the Australian General who led the operations with the Allies in the region in 1918, before marking, at sunrise on Wednesday, the centenary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux.

The recently opened Monash museum tells the story of the Australian soldiers who served on the Western Front during the Great War.

Australian Remembrance Trail

A real historical hub, the Sir John Monash Centre is located near the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, which lists the names of 11,000 Australian soldiers killed during the conflict, and is adjacent to the Military Cemetery, where more than 2,000 soldiers are laid to rest.

A key part of the Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front, the Sir John Monash Centre is designed to give visitors a better understanding of the role played by Australia on the Western Front during the First World War and the impact the war had on the young nation.

With an educational focus, the centre makes use of the latest cutting-edge multimedia technologies, plunging visitors into a unique immersive experience. Through an exhibition that includes period objects, photographs, letters and testimonies, visitors can gain an insight into the everyday life of the young soldiers during the war of the trenches.

Every year, on 25 April, Australians mark Anzac Day in commemoration of the soldiers who died during the First World War. It is a key date for two battles, each fought three years apart – one on the Gallipoli peninsula, on 25 April 1915, and the other at Villers-Bretonneux on 25 April 1918. A defeat, and later, a victory.

Before sunrise on Wednesday 25 April, Édouard Philippe and Malcolm Turnbull, together with heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, will attend the Dawn Service of the centenary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, some twelve miles east of Amiens.

Speech by Édouard Philippe in remembrance of the World War I Battle of Villers-Bretonneux

The Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull have begun two days of commemorations, on 24 a... [Read more]
25 April 2018