MONS: THE FIRST AND THE LAST COM­MEM­O­RA­TIONS NOVEM­BER 2018

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Saint-Sym­phorien Mil­i­tary Ceme­tery On the out­skirts of the Bel­gian city of Mons, one of the most un­usual and beau­ti­ful mil­i­tary ceme­ter­ies of WW1 wel­comes vis­i­tors from all over the world, some of them anony­mous, some of them fa­mous, but al­ways full of re­spect and grat­i­tude. Nearly fac­ing each other, two grave­stones re­call the names of the First and the Last Bri­tish sol­diers killed on the Western front dur­ing WW1: Pri­vate John Parr, who was still a teenager and Pri­vate Ge­orge El­li­son, killed on 11.11.1918. They are sur­rounded by the graves of Bri­tish and Ger­man sol­diers who have rested there to­gether in peace since 1916. On 4th Au­gust 2014 Their Royal High­nesses the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge to­gether with His Royal High­ness Prince Henry of Wales com­mem­o­rated the cen­te­nary of WW1 at Saint-Sym­phorien. Mons Me­mo­rial Mu­seum The Mons Me­mo­rial Mu­seum in­vites you to travel through the his­tory of WW1 and WW2. The ex­hi­bi­tion doesn’t only deal with the mil­i­tary as­pects of the con­flicts, but also with the civil­ian ones. www.mon­s­memo­rial­mu­seum.mons.be Dis­cover Mons Bat­tle­field From Casteau-Soignies road where Cor­po­ral E. Thomas fired the first Bri­tish shot on the con­ti­nent since Water­loo to nearly the same place, where Cana­dian troops of the 116th bat­tal­ion ended WW1.

Cen­te­nary of the Lib­er­a­tion of Mons by the Cana­di­ans

In Novem­ber 2018, the city of Mons will com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of its lib­er­a­tion by Cana­dian troops. On the af­ter­noon of 11th Novem­ber, we in­vite you to a Lib­er­a­tion pa­rade at the Grand-Place of Mons. As in 1918, there will be a spec­tac­u­lar pa­rade with all the Cana­dian reg­i­ments to re­mem­ber their tri­umphant ar­rival at the Grand-Place. Among the dif­fer­ent events, we also in­vite you to at­tend a show com­bin­ing map­ping, artists and pro­jec­tions on the Grand-Place (from 26th Oc­to­ber to 11th Novem­ber). A very spe­cial pro­gramme is sched­uled on 10th and 11th Novem­ber. The pro­gramme of the cer­e­monies is avail­able on www.vis­it­mons.co.uk

Mons Me­mo­rial Mu­seum Serge Bri­son

Pri­vate John Parr grave at St Sym­phorien Ceme­tery

Pri­vate El­li­son grave at St Sym­phorien Ceme­tery

St Sym­phorien Mil­i­tary Ceme­tery

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