Peace gathering in German D-Day cemetery

4th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

LA CAMBE, France, June 4 (AFP) - Young people from across Europe gathered on Friday at the largest cemetery for German soldiers killed in the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944 to read out messages of peace and reconciliation.

LA CAMBE, France, June 4 (AFP) - Young people from across Europe gathered on Friday at the largest cemetery for German soldiers killed in the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944 to read out messages of peace and reconciliation.

In a moving ceremony at the resting place of some 21,300 German soldiers in La Cambe, 16 young people from Italy, France, Hungary, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland and Britain read out short messages on what peace meant to them.

"If we have the chance to express ourselves here today, it is thanks to the sacrifice of the fighters of June 6, 1944, 60 years ago. These events remain still a deep scar on the body and heart of the world ," they told an audience of 50 people that included veterans from all sides.

They read out messages such as "war is a convulsive disease of the whole political body" or "we canot absolve ourselves from the duty of being the therapists of tomorrow's world".

"This idea interested me a lot," explained Tiphaine Morel, 25, from France.
"It is important to meet other Europeans to see if they have the same idea of peace."

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Subject: French news

 

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