Memorial dedicated to Macedonian soldiers in Colombelles
The names of 33 Macedonian soldiers of Novaci, killed in the First World War on the Oriental Front, were engraved on a memorial erected at Colombelles in Normandy. The monument was erected in commemoration of the centenary of the First World War and was officially unveiled November 13, 2017 at Colombelles.
A Macedonian delegation from Novaci, led by Mayor Ljube Kuzmanovski, attended the festivities. In his speech, the mayor of Novaci stressed the importance of the monument dedicated to the fallen Macedonian soldiers on the East Front of the Great War. The solemn unveiling was followed by the execution of the Macedonian anthem and the raising of the Macedonian flag, followed by the laying of flowers on the monument by the delegation.
The remembrance stone of Macedonian soldiers is part of a joint memorial of four memorials dedicated to Macedonian, German, French and Nigerian soldiers, erected in the Peace Park in Colombelles.
The Mayor of Colombelles, Marc Pottier, had the aim to convey a message of peace and reconciliation through this project. Colombelles, with the twinned municipalities of Macedonia, Niger and Germany, through the memory of the dead soldiers, established a culture of peace and reconciliation.
The Municipalities of Novaci and Colombelles cooperate and develop projects on this subject for several years. Their cooperation was initiated in the framework of the cooperation program between Normandy and Macedonia.