International Brigades annual commemoration 1st July

There was a strong international flavour to the International Brigades Memorial Trust’s annual commemoration on 1st July at the International Brigade memorial in Jubilee Gardens. This years event marked the 85th anniversary of the Battle of the Ebro, July to November 1938.

International Brigades commemoration event in Jubilee Gardens. From left: Nancy Wallach from ALBA (USA), IBMT President Marlene Sidaway, and Claude Desmazure from ACER (France) © 2023 Andrew Wiard

Guest speakers included Nancy Wallach, daughter of Lincoln Brigader Hy Wallach and board member of the New York-based Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA), and Claude Desmazure, representative of the Paris-based ACER (Les Amis des Combattants en Espagne Républicaine).

More than 200 people gathered in Jubilee Gardens for the IBMT event where there was a minutes silence, wreaths were laid and the event closed with the singing of ‘The Internationale’.

View a slideshow of photos taken by Andrew Wiard, and visit the IMBT website for more information about the International Brigades and the memorial in Jubilee Gardens.

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