St Helena : St Helena COMMEMORATION OF THE DEATH OF NAPOLEON
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 19.05.2013 (Article Archived on 02.06.2013)
On Sunday 5 May, many gathered at Alarm Forest to mark the commemoration of the death of Napoleon.
COMMEMORATION OF THE DEATH OF NAPOLEON
On Sunday 5 May, many gathered at Alarm Forest to mark the commemoration
of the death of Napoleon. The event
continues the tradition that began on St Helena in 2011, to coincide with the commemoration
that takes place in Les Invalides in Paris, France.
The location of the Tomb was picked by Napoleon himself as he was fond
of this particular valley, which he named “the Vale of the Geranium”. Members
of the public gathered on the pathway overlooking the site to watch the
The commemoration began with Prayers, led by Canon Roy Doxsey, followed
by the one minute Silence, signified by the 1st Jamestown Scout
The Laying of the Wreaths began for the French nation, by Monsieur
Dancoisne–Martineau, Honorary French Consul and Director of the French
national domains on St Helena. For the
Island of St Helena, Acting Governor Owen O’ Sullivan laid a
wreath, and on behalf of La Foundation Napoleon, Mrs Susan O’Bey followed. Personal tributes and a wreath from the Youth
of St Helena were also laid respectfully.
Judith Moore, who teaches French night classes at Prince Andrew School,
also laid a wreath on behalf of a French group interested in Napoleon, and
added that she was extremely proud of the progress that her students have made
in learning French.
After the blessing, the public were invited to enter the Tomb area
(normally closed off) and many took the opportunity to admire the wreaths on
6 May 2013