VISIT Flan­ders

Flan­ders Fields – A Place to Re­mem­ber

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From 1914 to 1918, Flan­ders Fields in Bel­gium formed part of the Western Front in the First World War. A mil­lion sol­diers from more than 50 dif­fer­ent coun­tries were wounded, miss­ing or killed in ac­tion here. En­tire cities and vil­lages were de­stroyed, and the pop­u­la­tion was on the run. Ypres and Pass­chen­daele be­came world­wide sym­bols for the sense­less­ness of war. To­day, the peace­ful re­gion still bears wit­ness to this his­tory in mon­u­ments, mu­se­ums, ceme­ter­ies and the count­less in­di­vid­ual sto­ries that link it with the world.

Flan­ders wel­comes vis­i­tors to come and re­mem­ber the sac­ri­fice of so many. There are many ways to ex­plore Flan­ders Fields, in­clud­ing walk­ing trails, cy­cling, tour­ing by car or cruis­ing the canal ways.

The charm­ing town of Ypres pro­vides an ideal base to tour the

Flan­ders Fields re­gion. Ypres is home to the Menin Gate, the most fa­mous Com­mon­wealth War Memo­rial that bears the names of more than 54,000 sol­diers miss­ing in the Ypres salient in WW1. Each and ev­ery evening at 8pm, the Last Post is sounded un­der the Menin Gate in a mov­ing cer­e­mony.

A ten-minute drive from Ypres is Tyne Cot, the largest Com­mon­wealth War Graves Com­mis­sion Ceme­tery in the world, as well as Poly­gon Wood, the site of the an­nual An­zac Day dawn ser­vice held each year in Flan­ders.

The for­mer bat­tle­fields, now peace­ful and pic­turesque coun­try­side, also have their own story to tell. Crater holes, grave­yards and bunkers dot the land­scape as a tes­ti­mony to the scale and hor­ror of war­fare 100 years ago.

Through­out 2017 there is a spe­cial pro­gram of events and ac­tiv­i­ties for vis­i­tors in recog­ni­tion of the Cen­te­nary of the Bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele. This in­cludes the Aus­tralian Com­mem­o­ra­tion Cer­e­mony to be held at dawn on 26 Septem­ber 2017 at Poly­gon Wood.

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