The municipalities committee for the Centenary
The involvement of the mayors in the First World War Centenary goes back to the war itself. From the moment of the general call-up on 1st August 1914, the mayors were effectively at the heart of the war effort, organising life back home until the end of hostilities in 1918. A number of mayors saw their towns and villages occupied or destroyed, and all of them shared the grief experience by families. After the war, the mayors became the guardians of the monuments to the fallen and the remembrance of the conflict.
The Association of the Mayors of France (AMF) has chosen to play a central role in the preparations for the Centenary by becoming a founder member, in April 2012, of the public interest group (GIP) “The First World War Centenary Partnership Program”. In order to give towns and villages a greater say in the preparation of the Centenary and to get them more closely involved in the preparations, the AMF wished to create a Committee of towns and villages for the Centenary which would have a consultative status on the management board of the public interest group “The First World War Centenary Partnership Program”.
The Committee of towns and villages for the Centenary which is chaired by Mrs Adeline Hazan, mayoress of Rheims, and Mr André Rossinot, mayor of Nancy, aims to provide a voice for the towns and villages within the Centenary Partnership Program, where it is a constructive force, and to support the mayors in the preparation of the Centenary. The Committee of the towns and villages for the Centenary is automatically associated with and consulted in respect of commemorative initiatives or projects affecting the life of towns and villages. The secretariat function of the committee of the towns and villages for the Centenary is fulfilled by the First World War Centenary Partnership Program.