Flanders commemorates the First World War

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The Battle of Passchendaele was undoubtedly one of the most notorious conflicts of the First World War. Hear the story of Harry and Ronald Moorhouse, father and son who were tragically killed on the same day.

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From October 1914 to October 1918, the western battlefield of the First World War was located a mile or two from the centre of Ypres. Not surprisingly, 4 years of relentless warfare, left the city in complee ruins.

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For four long years, Flanders Fields was the dramatic scene of some of the bloodiest clashes of the First World War.

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Just north of Ypres lies one of only 4 German cemeteries in the Flanders Fields area. 4 imposing bronze statues of mourning soldiers watch over the graves of more than 44,000 German soldiers. There are no individual graves.

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From 2014 to 2018, by moulding 600,000 sculptures out of clay, thousands of people from across the world took part of the making of the installation ComingWorldRememberMe.

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Relentless warfare and incessant rain caused nearly 500,000 casualties during the Battle of Passchendaele. Some soldiers even drowned in the mud. We commemorate their sacrifice with this Mud Soldier.

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This nine minute film serves as an orientation to the Great War, the cemetery, and ABMC. Through historic and modern-day imagery, and first-person recollections from letters, a clearer perspective of the true cost of war is presented.

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The Memorial makes final touches to the Flanders Memorial Garden, which will be open to the public on Tuesday 4 April.

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Live stream of the opening and dedication of the Flanders Memorial Garden, in the grounds of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.