On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of the Monument of Remembrance, widely known as the “Golden Lady” (Gëlle Fra), a commemorative ceremony will take place in Luxembourg City on Saturday 27 May 2023.
Inaugurated on 27 May 1923, the monument is dedicated to the memory of the Luxembourgers who fought in the two World Wars, the Korean War and to the volunteers of the international brigades of the Spanish Civil War.
The sculpture that adorns the monument is the work of the Luxembourg sculptor Claus Cito (1882-1965). Over the decades, the Golden Lady has become a symbol of freedom and cohesion for the country and its inhabitants.
As confirmed by the Service de la Mémoire de la Deuxième Guerre Mondiale (service responsible for WWII remembrance) and the City of Luxembourg (Ville de Luxembourg - VdL), upon their arrival at Place de la Constitution, Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess will be welcomed at the foot of the Golden Lady by the President of the Chamber of Deputies (Luxembourg’s parliament), Fernand Etgen, Prime MinisterXavier Bettel, the Mayor of the City of Luxembourg, Lydie Polfer, Luxembourg’s Chief of Defence, General Steve Thull, and the Director of the Grand Ducal Police, Philippe Schrantz.
After a speech by Prime Minister Bettel, the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess will lay a wreath of flowers in front of the monument. The President of the Chamber of Deputies, the Prime Minister and the Mayor of Luxembourg City will then each, in turn, lay a flower at the foot of the Golden Lady.
Thereafter, the Grand Ducal couple will visit the photography exhibition set up for the occasion around the monument. This exhibition traces the centenary history of the Golden Lady, from its inauguration in 1923 until today.