The National Day of Remembrance is dedicated to the memory of the efforts made by the people of Luxembourg during the Occupation from 1940 to 1945. Several ceremonies will be held in Luxembourg to mark the occasion.
Ceremony at the National Monument of Solidarity
At 10am, the Head of State HRH the Grand Duke will lay a wreath at Luxembourg's National Monument of Solidarity ("Kanounenhiwwel") and rekindle the flame of remembrance.
He will then go inside the monument to sign the guest book.
Outside the monument, HRH the Grand Duke will greet the flag bearers, the Luxembourg authorities, the ambassadors in Luxembourg, and members of the Committee for the Remembrance of the Second World War, composed of representatives of the Resistance, forced conscripts and Holocaust victims.
Laying of wreaths at the Gëlle Fra
At 10.30am, the President of the Chamber of Deputies, the Prime Minister and the Mayor of Luxembourg City will then lay wreaths at the Monument of Remembrance (Gëlle Fra) at the Place de la Constitution. The ceremony will also be attended by the State Secretary for Defence, the Chief of Staff of the Luxembourg Army and the Director-General of the Luxembourg Police.
Ceremony at the National Resistance and Deportation Monument
At 11am, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel will make a speech at the National Resistance and Deportation Monument (Hinzerter Kräiz), where wreaths will also be laid.
Commemoration and remembrance ceremony at the Conservatoire of Luxembourg City
A commemoration and remembrance ceremony will be held at the Conservatoire of Luxembourg City at 5pm.
The ceremony will include four addresses – by Lydie Polfer, Albert Hansen, Chairman of the Committee for the Remembrance of the Second World War, Xavier Bettel and Mars Di Bartolomeo –, music from the Conservatoire quartet, messages from students, and the award of honours, including the posthumous Cross of the Resistance.
(Source: press release from the Information and Press Service of the Luxembourg Government)