Flanders commemorates the First World War
Minister Tommelein attends 13th Flanders Remembers concert
On 9 November, Vice-Minister-president Bart Tommelein attended the Flanders Remembers Concert in London. For the 13th time, the General Representation in London organised this concert as a tribute to the British people for helping the many Belgian refugees during the First World War and to the Commonwealth soldiers who died in Flanders fields.
In his speech, Minister Tommelein talked about the current war refugees and the heavy price many paid for our freedom today and tomorrow . “We should never forget they sacrificed their today for our tomorrow."
He also spoke about the celebration of the 360ste anniversary of the Grenadier Guards in Bruges this summer. This famous regiment was founded in Bruges and fought many battles on Flemish soil. Its band, the Band of the Grenadier Guards played at the concert.
The concert was followed by the wreath laying ceremony in the Flanders Fields Memorial Garden and "The Last Post" was blown by the Last Post Association in Ypres.