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WWI victims commemorated in Belgium’s Liege

English.news.cn   2014-08-05 01:16:20

BRUSSELS, August 4 (Xinhua) -- At a ceremony in Belgian city Liege on Monday Michel Foret, the Governor of the Province of Liege, paid tribute on Monday to the casualties of the First World War as part of ceremonies to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the war.

Speaking at the Cointe Inter-Allied Memorial in Liege on Monday, the Governor asked gathered dignitaries to remember all those who died during the conflict.

The ceremony was attended by over 80 representatives from countries, including the French and German presidents.

"The war resulted in at least 10 million deaths, 20 million injured people, 6 million prisoners and over 10 million refugees," said Governor Foret.

"The province of Liege had the dubious distinction of being the scene of the first battles and the first civilian and military casualties.

The acts of resistance, the heroic deeds and courageous actions to which we pay so much respect cannot conceal the very many stigmas that have left an indelible mark on the province's history," he said.

The Governor paid tribute to the special place the city has in the history of the war, and said that "in this symbolic place, we are happy that the enemies of the past are the partners of the present and the peacemakers of tomorrow."

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