Flanders commemorates the First World War

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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.

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.