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Britain, France to hold joint Battle of the Somme ceremony

French soldiers man a village barricade in the Somme region of northern France during World War I in this image from the Historial de PéronneBritain and France are set to organise a joint ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme next year that is expected to draw some 10,000 people, the French government said. Senior political and military officials from both countries and Germany will attend the service in Thiepval, in northern France, to commemorate the first day of the allied offensive in World War I. “For the first time, the ceremony on July 1 will be jointly organised by the French and British governments,” according to the office of France’s secretary of state for veterans and remembrance.

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