November 10, 2018
OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the First World War at events in Belgium. On November 10, 2018, she attended ceremonies in Mons and Le Roeulx, to pay homage to our country’s efforts in the liberation of Europe during the Great War.
Throughout the events, Her Excellency joined a delegation of 50 veterans, young Canadians and the 2017 National Silver Cross Mother, Ms. Diana Abel.
Photographic highlights of the Governor General’s itinerary are available at: https://www.gg.ca/en/media/photos/2018/remembrance-day-commemorations-belgium
Remembrance Ceremony at the St. Symphorien Military Cemetery
Her Excellency laid flowers on the tomb of Private George Lawrence Price, of the Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment), who is believed to be the last Canadian soldier to die in battle two minutes before the Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918. The Governor General also laid a wreath on behalf of Canada and delivered remarks.
Inauguration of and Commemorative Ceremony at the George Price Monument
The Governor General, along with other dignitaries, attended the inauguration of a monument in honour of Private Price. The monument is located in Ville-sur-Haine, in the Municipality of Le Roeulx, where he fell on November 11, 1918. On behalf of Canada, Her Excellency also laid a wreath and delivered remarks.
Laying Flowers at Mons City Hall and Meeting with Mayor
The Governor General laid flowers at Mons City Hall, at the foot of a plaque presented to Mons by the Canadian Government in 1927, in recognition of the Canadian troops’ extraordinary accomplishment in liberating the city on November 11. She then signed the city’s golden book and met with the Mayor of Mons, Elio di Rupo.
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