The Rose Somme 2016 is celebrating its first anniversary at the Elysée
To celebrate its first anniversary, the Rose Somme 2016 was entrusted to the head gardener of the Elysée Palace and is now blooming alongside the other plants of this emblematic site.
Inspired by the national flowers of remembrance - the poppy for the British and Commonwealth countries, the cornflower for the French and the forget-me-not for the Germans - the 'Association Picarde des Parcs et Jardins' created the "Rose Somme 2016" for the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
This new rose pays tribute to all who fought in the terrible 1916 Battle of the Somme, regardless of their ethnicity, nationality or religion. The aim of this rose is to become the emblem of unity and peace. Its crimson colour also reminds us of the blood that was spilled in this area.
Official unveiling in June 2016
It was first unveiled during ceremonies that were held on 25th June 2016 in the German, British and French military cemeteries of Rancourt, a small village to the north of Péronne.
Planted in November 2016 by students of the Somme
A few hours before the Spectacle pour la Paix on 8th November 2016, the students of Arthur Rimbaud High School, Amiens, planted the rose in the gardens of the Hotel des Feuillants, headquarters of the Somme Departmental Council, as part of the closing ceremonies of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.