National Day of Mourning was observed on 11 November 2022 in the Bulgarian capital Sofia with ceremonies at the Sofia Central Cemetery at the Commonwealth, German, Italian and French war graves.
The date and time of the memorial commemorates the armistice at the end of World War I, and the ceremonies commemorate all those who died in the wars of the 20th centuryth Century.
At the Commonwealth War Graves section, British Ambassador Rob Dixon stressed that in these times, those who stand together as allies and friends include former enemies.
The traditional memorial service was conducted at the Commonwealth War Graves branch by Father Patrick Irwin, conducted by Colonel John Allen admonitionwhile Irish Ambassador Martina Feeney read the poem Ceasefire by Michael Longley and Dixon read the poem MCMXIV by Philip Larkin.
Ambassadors accredited to Bulgaria laid wreaths in honor of the fallen at each of the sections of war graves. The ceremony was attended by serving and former military personnel, as well as members of the public.
The 2022 Memorial Day event in Sofia was the first full-fledged ceremony since 2019, with participation limited in 2020 and 2021 as an anti-Covid measure.
A memorial service on Sunday will take place on November 13th in Plovdivin the Commonwealth section of the city’s central cemetery.
(All photos: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)