Flanders commemorates the First World War


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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.

From Saturday July 29 till Monday July 31, 2017 the War Heritage Institute participates in the commemoration of the battle of Passchendaele at the municipality of Zonnebeke.

Silent City Meets Living Living City, a unique light and sound show with evocation and personal stories to commemorate the many victims at CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery.

On 7 June, the Battle of Messines was commemorated. Hundred years ago nineteen mines, secretly planned underground, were detonated beneath German army lines in Messines (Mesen) and Heuvelland.

The Flemish Parliament is hosting an exhibition on “Hedd Wyn Centenary Chair” from 24 May onwards.

On the occasion of "100 years Battle of Passchendaele" the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 and the municipality of Zonnebeke with the support of the Flemish Government, the Flanders Heritage Agency and the inter-municipal cooperative CO7 will open the 'Zonnebeke Church Dugout'. From 31 July till 10 November 2017 the public can visit this unique underground WW1 construction near the church of Zonnebeke.

Coinciding with the centenary of America’s involvement with the war, World War I and American Art will be the first major exhibition devoted to exploring the ways in which American artists responded to the First World War.

On Thursday January 26th we welcomed Tomas Termote (pictured left) at Flanders House for the launch of his book ‘War Beneath The Waves”, concerning the U-Boat Flotilla in Flanders 1915-1918.

This year marks the centenary of the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) and the Welsh Government is hosting a service in Belgium on Monday 31 July 2017 to mark the occasion.