Flanders commemorates the First World War


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The end of World War I was impressively commemorated in Flanders. On the initiative of the Government of Flanders, several parties worked together on a three-day programme with an universal message of peace.

On November 8, the General Representation organized the "Flanders Remembers" concert for the fifteenth time.

In Flanders Fields Museum and CEGESOMA organise the international four day conference To End All Wars? Geopolitical Aftermath and Commemorative Legacies of the First World War. Ypres (Belgium), 22 to 25 August 2018.

The Flemish Yser region is widely acknowledged as the principal arena of bloodshed during the four years of the Great War. However, the Flemish battlefield extended well beyond the trenches that ran along the Yser.

Actor RH Thomson’s take on the CWxRM project, commemorating the 600,000 who lost their lives during WWI in Flanders Fields, Belgium.

The sound of tower bells can be linked to the quest for peace and reconciliation. This is especially the case for the more than thirty war memorial and peace carillons that were erected in different parts of the world during the last 100 years.

Distortion, a Hymn to Liberty", composed by Dirk Brossé, Jef Neve and Sioen, was performed on November 8th at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Australia will produce replicas of the famous Menin Gate Lions and gift them to the Belgian city of Ypres in recognition of the hundredth anniversary of Australia’s campaign in Flanders during the First World War.

The end of July 2017 marks the centenary of one of the First World War's most bloody battles. Today, it is difficult for us to envisage the scale of the Battle of Passchendaele in which almost 500,000 men were either killed, injured or simply went missing. In the lead-up to the UK national commemorative events to mark the centenary of Passchendaele, VISITFLANDERS, in conjunction with Westminster City Council, will launch a special artistic interpretation, The Mud Soldier, on Tuesday 25th July 2017 at 8am on the Portico Terrace, National Gallery, London.