Flanders commemorates the First World War
Third Battle of Ypres : National Service of Remembrance
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.
The service will take place at the Welsh Memorial in Flanders(Ypres) in Langemark. This date is of particular significance because this was the start of the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) 100 years ago and the 38th (Welsh) Division were heavily involved at Pilckem Ridge, where the Welsh National Memorial now stands.
Welsh language poet Hedd Wyn also died at Pilckem Ridge on this date in 1917 and is buried at the nearby Artillery Wood cemetery.
The Welsh memorial, which is dedicated to all those from Wales who took part in the First World War, was unveiled in 2014 after the Welsh Memorial in Flanders Campaign Group fundraised for several years to establish a lasting memorial to the services of Welsh men and women during the First World War.
Those who are interested in attending the commemoration service are invited to register for tickets for the event before 26 March 2017. The Welsh Memorial is located at Boezingestraat 158, 8920 Langemark-Poelkapelle, Belgium.