For four long years Flanders Fields was the scene of the First World War. Homes and fields were turned into a battlefield in 1914. European and wider international interests were fought over here. A million soldiers were wounded, missing or killed in action. Some tens of thousands of citizens became refugees. Entire cities and villages were destroyed.
The landscape of the region still tells the story of the war. It contains hundreds of monuments and cemeteries which have great historical significance for the people of many nations. There are a lot of museums which explain in an interactive way all the aspects of the conflict: the battles, daily life, etc.
The daily Last Post that has taken place each day at Menin Gate (Ypres) since 1928, shows that memories don’t fade away. On the contrary, the burning desire for peace stays alive.
In 2014, a hundred years later, we wish to commemorate the victims of this war and condemn senseless war violence. A 4-year-rememberance project was set up by the Flemish Government: THE GREAT WAR CENTENARY.