Flanders commemorates the First World War
Impressive commemoration 100 years Armistice in Flanders Fields
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. The City of Ypres and In Flanders Fields Museum, the Municipality of Zonnebeke and the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, the Last Post Association, the Flemish Peace Institute and Westtoer were the organising partners.
During the weekend Minister-president Bourgeois attended a number of ceremonies and commemorations: the Armistice Day Lecture by the Persian-Dutch author Kader Abdolah in Ypres and the Passchendaele Ceremony at the Crest Farm Canadian Memorial, to name a few.
But it as the extra Last Post on Sunday 11 November at 11 am, as always blown under the Menin Gate in Ypres, that produced one of the most impressive moments of the commemoration.
With this commemoration of the Armistice, the project '100 years Great War' comes to an end. This four year project paid tribute to the victims in a subdued and serene way and wanted to raise awareness on themes such as tolerance, intercultural dialogue and international understanding.