11th November 2019: Armistice Day - We will remember them

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11 November 2019 marks one hundred years since the signing of the Armistice to end the hostilities of World War One. From 1914 to 1918 the world experienced the first armed conflict on a global scale, involving what were then new methods of warfare such as artillery weapons, trench warfare and poisonous gas. Tens of millions of military personnel and civilians were killed, wounded and displaced during this war.

During the war, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) played a unique and important role: monitoring and implementing international laws, assisting sick and wounded soldiers, visiting prisoners of war, providing aid to civilians in occupied territories and campaigning against the use of chemical weapons. This was the first time in its history that the ICRC had been called upon to assist on such a vast scale and in order to do so, it called upon National Red Cross Societies, including Mauritians under the British Red Cross.

Today we acknowledge the contribution of thousands of Mauritians who volunteered with Red Cross during WWI, in hospitals and convalescent homes, raising funds for the sick, wounded and prisoners of war, providing care, goods and entertainment and organising a wounded and missing enquiry bureau. We acknowledge the Mauritians and all those who lost their lives in the war, and we will continue to champion international humanitarian law to prevent the suffering of war.

On the 10th of November 2019, Mauritius commemorated the Armistice at the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier in Curepipe in the Presence of the President of the Mauritius Red Cross, Mr Siven Tirvassen and other members of the Mauritius Red Cross for the wreath laying.