Europe is marking Armistice Day with ceremonies and moments of silence as France opens an international memorial on a former battlefield.

This year's events have special significance because 2014 is the 100th anniversary of World War I's start. Tuesday is the 96th anniversary of the armistice that ended the war on Nov. 11, 1918.

President Francois Hollande is hosting German and British officials for events in France. Hollande laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier under Paris' Arc de Triomphe.

Later, Hollande is heading to northern France to inaugurate an international war memorial on the former battlefields of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette. The Ring of Memory carries the names of 600,000 soldiers who died in the region during the war. Names are listed alphabetically without their nationalities.