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Participation of the Ambassador in the 2020 Remembrance Day at the Australian War Memorial

 

The Ambassador of His Majesty the King to Australia, Mr. Karim Medrek took part alongside his Spouse, Mrs. Fatine Charrat Medrek and the Members of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Australia to the ceremony of Remembrance Day held at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

 

The Ambassador seized this occasion in company of the Moroccan delegation to lay a wreath, comprising flowers and Moroccan little flags crowned by the special phrase uttered after the reading of the Ode of Remembrance: “Lest we Forget”, in memory of those who have sacrificed their lives for the sake of the Australian Nation.

 

The event constituted an occasion to observe one minute's silence on this special 11th of November to remember all victims of wars and armed conflicts.

 

The Moroccan Embassy has also celebrated this armistice anniversary to commemorate this historical event in which 40.000 Moroccan soldiers participated, for their part, actively, alongside allies, in the First World War.

 

Remembrance Day, known equally as Armistice Day in other countries, is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth member states, including Australia, since the end of the First World War to remember the members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

 

This year’s Remembrance event has not been held in its traditional format at the Australian War Memorial in order to comply with the official authorities’ advice and social distancing requirements during these difficult times marked by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it has witnessed an active participation of the Diplomatic Corps as well as a strong presence of dignitaries to pay tribute to the Australian victims of war.