Remembrance

World War 1
Centenary

Verdun, symbol
of the Great War

Verdun, the greatest and longest battle in 20th century world history…
and a name that resonates through history as a universal symbol of dreadful conflict that raged through Lorraine during four long years from August 1914 to November 1918. War was not confined to Verdun, throughout Lorraine and particularly in the Meuse, events have been organised to commemorate the conflict from the Vosges Mountains (the only sector to involve mountain warfare) to German-held Metz and French-held Nancy. Lorraine still bears the scars of war and the sites and battlegrounds form a unique world heritage and a historically poignant tribute to the thousands of men who fought and died on its blood-soaked earth.

Events and Ceremonies

To pass on values and give visitors an understanding of history, there will be an exceptional programme of events in Meuse for the centenary of the First World War: exhibitions, events, sound and light shows, and more.

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Sites and monuments

Re-live the History of Lorraine from 1914 to 1918 by visiting the many monuments, museums, forts and battlefields that still remain as silent witnesses to the carnage of the First World War.

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B. Jamot

DES FLAMMES…
À LA LUMIÈRE, BEHIND THE SCENES

Every summer, the sound and light show on the Battle of Verdun depicts this great historical event in a spectacular natural setting, with a two-hectare stage, 900 costumes and 250 actors and passionate volunteers.

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