Only 100 years ago the arm ended the First World War. On the occasion of commemorating the centenary of the armed forces and the end of the conflict, a village in Haute-Vienne decided to abolish this very special day. At Saint-Sulpice-Les-Feuilles, all residents themselves arranged to live again on November 11, 1918 hours per hour, from the announcement by the country's guardian to the popular ball .
After mass, the countryminder, as in 1918, announced the signing of the armed forces and the end of the war. He ringed the bells for 11 minutes. A long patron full of emotional space and the village's inhabitants, having dressed, took control of the church's actions.
The soldiers did not have time to enjoy these first peace records since they took part in the first parade of the day, to the memorial of the war. A parade in the town's streets became apparent in a number of people in particular to see this special tribute.
He took several months of practice to walk "at a speed," explains Michel, the banner wiper in a fierce costume. Two sessions a week until this big day!
Guards and actors led by the parade for a day to the war memorial in which the first Sunday morning ceremony was held. The banner was raised to the bugle's sound. Moment of great emotionThe Communion lost more than a hundred men during the First World War. Apart from the most conflicts of grief this small village lies north of Haute Vienne. "The village never found its population before the war" admitted the mayor, Alain Jouanny.
Then the Marseillaise was sung by the hair, by the crowd and the children also dressed in 1918, in short panties, in caps or even in skirts with dressing hair for young women.
Return in time to the smallest details, from the youngest to the oldest but also to the decoration. The transport method was reproduced precisely. A steam tractor is a village balcony as well as horses and oxen carts.
The care of the details had gone as far as them shop windows have been remodeled for the occasion in the style of time. Garages and vegetables have evolved into a community school, wine wholesaler, bistro workshops or even craft trades to bring visitors into the atmosphere in the early twentieth century. Some objects are old vehicles. This is also true with some costumes "He's a real nurse apron of the time, yes, the one went to war" explains Marie-Christine, having dressed as a Red Cross nurse. This is also true of the beds set under the first aid and ambulance car.
GerThere were a thousand people present this Sunday at Saint-Sulpice-Les-Feuilles to go back in time and dive into 11 November 1918. A way to pay tribute to the disappearance of the borough while transferring a memory duty to every generation. At the end of this Sunday, a new ceremony has planned and celebrates the return of peace, fireworks must be fired with the night.