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Lest we forget: Service of Remembrance in Macedonia
British Embassy Skopje holds service of remembrance to honour those fallen in war and military conflict.
On 8 November we paid tribute to the ones who have lost their lives in war and military conflicts with a Service of Remembrance at the British Military Cemeteries in Skopje.
Our ambassador Charles Garrett, British and Macedonian military representatives, members of the diplomatic community in Skopje, along with members of the British community in Macedonia took part in the service. Delegations also laid wreaths in remembrance of the fallen.
Our ambassador Charles Garrett said:
This time every year we commemorate the sacrifices made by all British soldiers who died in the wars over the years. They gave their lives and ultimate sacrifice that we in Britain and Europe live in peace and security today. We have here cemetery of soldiers who were part of around 10 000 British soldiers who died in the Salonika campaign, mostly in southern Macedonia near Dojran in 1916-1918. Among the 123 here there are six unknown which I find particularly moving that someone should die and not be recognised for who they are. The cemeteries also contain one British nurse, one lady amongst them all. I like to think that today is not only a day of commemoration of their sacrifice, but also a reminder that through the tragedy and the awfulness of war we can achieve something better for everyone in Europe today.
Each year we hold this ceremony at the British Military Cemeteries in Skopje to remember those who have lost their lives in the World War I, as well as to remember the tragedy of all from any nationality, military and civilians who have fallen fighting for peace and freedom. There are 123 graves of soldiers of the British Army and the Commonwealth in Skopje.
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