World Falls Silent: 100th Anniversary of World War I

Published November 12th, 2018 - 08:51 GMT

World leaders with the power to make war but a duty to preserve peace solemnly marked the end of World War I, as commemorations drove home the message "never again" but also exposed the globe's new political fault lines.

Dozens of heads of state and government listened in silence, French President Emmanuel Macron used the occasion, as its host, to sound a powerful and sobering warning about the fragility of peace and the dangers of nationalism and of nations that put themselves first, above the collective good.

Commonwealth nations across the world marked the centenary with services to mark 100th anniversary of WWI's end.

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Queen Margrethe of Denmark participates in a wreath laying ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in Mindeparken in Aarhus, on November 11, 2018. 
Bo Amstrup / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP

Queen Margrethe of Denmark participates in a wreath laying ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in Mindeparken in Aarhus, on November 11, 2018. Bo Amstrup / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron takes part in a commemoration ceremony at the Notre Dame de Lorette World War I French war cemetery in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, northern France, on November 8, 2018, as part of a World War I commemoration tour. 
Ludovic MARIN / AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron takes part in a commemoration ceremony at the Notre Dame de Lorette World War I French war cemetery in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, northern France, on November 8, 2018, as part of a World War I commemoration tour. Ludovic MARIN / AFP

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (3rdR) and Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel (2ndR) attend to a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War at the Saint-Symphorien Military Cemetery, near Mons, on November 9, 2018. 
BENOIT DOPPAGNE / Belga / AFP

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (3rdR) and Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel (2ndR) attend to a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War at the Saint-Symphorien Military Cemetery, near Mons, on November 9, 2018. BENOIT DOPPAGNE / Belga / AFP

School children lay wreaths during a Remembrance Day ceremony honouring members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty at the Cenotaph marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in Hong Kong on November 11, 2018. 
VIVEK PRAKASH / AFP

School children lay wreaths during a Remembrance Day ceremony honouring members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty at the Cenotaph marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in Hong Kong on November 11, 2018. VIVEK PRAKASH / AFP

Last remaining American battleship to have served in the war (Twitter)

Last remaining American battleship to have served in the war (Twitter)

New Zealand Army howitzer cannons are fired during a 100 gun salute in a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, in Wellington on November 11, 2018. 
Marty MELVILLE / AFP

New Zealand Army howitzer cannons are fired during a 100 gun salute in a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, in Wellington on November 11, 2018. Marty MELVILLE / AFP

Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (L), Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in central London, on November 11, 2018. 
Tolga AKMEN / AFP

Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (L), Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in central London, on November 11, 2018. Tolga AKMEN / AFP

Staff Officers from Defence Reserves of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) light a gas lamp lit for the Beacon of Light at the Cenotaph in Durban, on November 11, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. 
RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP

Staff Officers from Defence Reserves of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) light a gas lamp lit for the Beacon of Light at the Cenotaph in Durban, on November 11, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP

Pipers part of a military orchestra take part in a Sunset Parade in Durban, on November 11, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. 
RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP

Pipers part of a military orchestra take part in a Sunset Parade in Durban, on November 11, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP

Inhabitants of Souille and La Guierche and history enthusiast, dressed with vintage army uniforms of Poilu (French soldier in World War I), stand guard in a reconstructed trench of the WWI, as they take part in a ceremony to inaugurate the trench on November 11, 2018 
JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP

Inhabitants of Souille and La Guierche and history enthusiast, dressed with vintage army uniforms of Poilu (French soldier in World War I), stand guard in a reconstructed trench of the WWI, as they take part in a ceremony to inaugurate the trench on November 11, 2018 JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP

Artists create giant portraits on UK beaches, honoring World War I soldiers for the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day (Twitter)

Artists create giant portraits on UK beaches, honoring World War I soldiers for the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day (Twitter)

On this Armistice Day 100, Sailors from the Pacific Fleet staff tolled bells to recognize the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI and reflected on all who have served our nation (Twitter)

On this Armistice Day 100, Sailors from the Pacific Fleet staff tolled bells to recognize the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI and reflected on all who have served our nation (Twitter)

On 100th anniversary of WWI end, world leaders to pay tribute  (Twitter)

On 100th anniversary of WWI end, world leaders to pay tribute (Twitter)

The Sydney Opera House is lit up with poppies marking the centenary of the end of World War I (AFP)

The Sydney Opera House is lit up with poppies marking the centenary of the end of World War I (AFP)

Queen Margrethe of Denmark participates in a wreath laying ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in Mindeparken in Aarhus, on November 11, 2018. 
Bo Amstrup / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP
French President Emmanuel Macron takes part in a commemoration ceremony at the Notre Dame de Lorette World War I French war cemetery in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, northern France, on November 8, 2018, as part of a World War I commemoration tour. 
Ludovic MARIN / AFP
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (3rdR) and Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel (2ndR) attend to a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War at the Saint-Symphorien Military Cemetery, near Mons, on November 9, 2018. 
BENOIT DOPPAGNE / Belga / AFP
School children lay wreaths during a Remembrance Day ceremony honouring members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty at the Cenotaph marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in Hong Kong on November 11, 2018. 
VIVEK PRAKASH / AFP
Last remaining American battleship to have served in the war (Twitter)
New Zealand Army howitzer cannons are fired during a 100 gun salute in a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, in Wellington on November 11, 2018. 
Marty MELVILLE / AFP
Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (L), Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in central London, on November 11, 2018. 
Tolga AKMEN / AFP
Staff Officers from Defence Reserves of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) light a gas lamp lit for the Beacon of Light at the Cenotaph in Durban, on November 11, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. 
RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP
Pipers part of a military orchestra take part in a Sunset Parade in Durban, on November 11, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. 
RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP
Inhabitants of Souille and La Guierche and history enthusiast, dressed with vintage army uniforms of Poilu (French soldier in World War I), stand guard in a reconstructed trench of the WWI, as they take part in a ceremony to inaugurate the trench on November 11, 2018 
JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP
Artists create giant portraits on UK beaches, honoring World War I soldiers for the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day (Twitter)
On this Armistice Day 100, Sailors from the Pacific Fleet staff tolled bells to recognize the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI and reflected on all who have served our nation (Twitter)
On 100th anniversary of WWI end, world leaders to pay tribute  (Twitter)
The Sydney Opera House is lit up with poppies marking the centenary of the end of World War I (AFP)
Queen Margrethe of Denmark participates in a wreath laying ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in Mindeparken in Aarhus, on November 11, 2018. 
Bo Amstrup / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP
Queen Margrethe of Denmark participates in a wreath laying ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in Mindeparken in Aarhus, on November 11, 2018. Bo Amstrup / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP
French President Emmanuel Macron takes part in a commemoration ceremony at the Notre Dame de Lorette World War I French war cemetery in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, northern France, on November 8, 2018, as part of a World War I commemoration tour. 
Ludovic MARIN / AFP
French President Emmanuel Macron takes part in a commemoration ceremony at the Notre Dame de Lorette World War I French war cemetery in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, northern France, on November 8, 2018, as part of a World War I commemoration tour. Ludovic MARIN / AFP
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (3rdR) and Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel (2ndR) attend to a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War at the Saint-Symphorien Military Cemetery, near Mons, on November 9, 2018. 
BENOIT DOPPAGNE / Belga / AFP
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (3rdR) and Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel (2ndR) attend to a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War at the Saint-Symphorien Military Cemetery, near Mons, on November 9, 2018. BENOIT DOPPAGNE / Belga / AFP
School children lay wreaths during a Remembrance Day ceremony honouring members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty at the Cenotaph marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in Hong Kong on November 11, 2018. 
VIVEK PRAKASH / AFP
School children lay wreaths during a Remembrance Day ceremony honouring members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty at the Cenotaph marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in Hong Kong on November 11, 2018. VIVEK PRAKASH / AFP
Last remaining American battleship to have served in the war (Twitter)
Last remaining American battleship to have served in the war (Twitter)
New Zealand Army howitzer cannons are fired during a 100 gun salute in a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, in Wellington on November 11, 2018. 
Marty MELVILLE / AFP
New Zealand Army howitzer cannons are fired during a 100 gun salute in a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, in Wellington on November 11, 2018. Marty MELVILLE / AFP
Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (L), Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in central London, on November 11, 2018. 
Tolga AKMEN / AFP
Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (L), Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in central London, on November 11, 2018. Tolga AKMEN / AFP
Staff Officers from Defence Reserves of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) light a gas lamp lit for the Beacon of Light at the Cenotaph in Durban, on November 11, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. 
RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP
Staff Officers from Defence Reserves of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) light a gas lamp lit for the Beacon of Light at the Cenotaph in Durban, on November 11, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP
Pipers part of a military orchestra take part in a Sunset Parade in Durban, on November 11, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. 
RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP
Pipers part of a military orchestra take part in a Sunset Parade in Durban, on November 11, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP
Inhabitants of Souille and La Guierche and history enthusiast, dressed with vintage army uniforms of Poilu (French soldier in World War I), stand guard in a reconstructed trench of the WWI, as they take part in a ceremony to inaugurate the trench on November 11, 2018 
JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP
Inhabitants of Souille and La Guierche and history enthusiast, dressed with vintage army uniforms of Poilu (French soldier in World War I), stand guard in a reconstructed trench of the WWI, as they take part in a ceremony to inaugurate the trench on November 11, 2018 JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP
Artists create giant portraits on UK beaches, honoring World War I soldiers for the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day (Twitter)
Artists create giant portraits on UK beaches, honoring World War I soldiers for the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day (Twitter)
On this Armistice Day 100, Sailors from the Pacific Fleet staff tolled bells to recognize the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI and reflected on all who have served our nation (Twitter)
On this Armistice Day 100, Sailors from the Pacific Fleet staff tolled bells to recognize the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI and reflected on all who have served our nation (Twitter)
On 100th anniversary of WWI end, world leaders to pay tribute  (Twitter)
On 100th anniversary of WWI end, world leaders to pay tribute (Twitter)
The Sydney Opera House is lit up with poppies marking the centenary of the end of World War I (AFP)
The Sydney Opera House is lit up with poppies marking the centenary of the end of World War I (AFP)