The annual Moment de Memoire service took place on St Helena on 7 May at Napoleon’s Tomb in Sane Valley, recognising the 196th anniversary of Napoleon Bonaparte’s death at Longwood House.
The ceremony began with a reading of ‘Napoleon’s farewell’ by Merrill Joshua followed by the ‘Last Post’ played by Graeme Beckett. After the minute’s silence, the wreaths were laid by Susan O’Bey of the Napoleon Foundation, Governor Lisa Phillips and a member of the Longwood Girl Guiding Association.
The St Helena Community Singers were in attendance and sung La Marseillaise, the French National Anthem, accompanied by Graeme Beckett, Harford Primary School students and Longwood Guides; concluding the service.
Napoleon’s Tomb is viewed from a platform situated above the site. The Moment de Memoire is one of the only occasions when members of the public are allowed into the Tomb area to view the monument where Napoleon was buried on 9 May 1821, prior to his body being taken back to France in 1840.
Longwood House was open free of charge from 1pm to 4pm following the service.