PARIS – The most recent commemorations on the armistice of the First World War (all local times):
Serbia is holding major military exercises to celebrate 100 years since the end of the First World War in an apparent show of strength amid increasing tensions with Kosovo.
The maneuvers of real ammunition on Saturday, nicknamed "The Century of the Winners", include 8,000 soldiers, 100 tanks and MiG-29 fighters supplied by Russia.
Recently, tensions have increased in the region, with Serbia and Kosovo accusing each other of undermining reconciliation efforts following a 1998-99 war, which ended after NATO intervention. The former Serbian province declared independence in 2008 that Belgrade does not recognize.
Serbia is often unjustly accused of starting the first world war after a Serbian nationalist murdered the Austrian archduke in Sarajevo, Bosnia, in 1914. Serbia suffered the worst losses proportional to the size of its army during the war.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid tribute to the veterans during a commemoration of the centenary of World War I in a cemetery in northern France, thanking the soldiers for their service while he was in the middle of rows of silent graves.
With veterans who participated in medals Saturday morning, Trudeau spoke of the "story you bleed and fight for, a story built on your sacrifice."
He said that Canada owes its veterans "a tremendous debt of gratitude" and added: "From the bottom of our heart, thank you".
Holding a red chrysanthemum, Trudeau also walked among the white gravestones of the Canadian cemetery n. 2, in Neuville-St.Vaast, in the north of France. It holds the remains of 820 victims of the 1914-1918 war.
A weekend of commemorations involving dozens of world leaders to celebrate 100 years since the end of the First World War is underway, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicking off events in France and elsewhere with a visit to a cemetery.
Trudeau met the veterans and laid a wreath on Saturday in a Canadian cemetery in northern France that contained the remains of 820 victims of the 1914-1918 conflict, many unidentified and lying under white gravestones, simply: a soldier of the Great War.
More than 60 heads of state and government are converging on France for the commemorations that will grow on Sunday with ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, exactly a century after the armistice.