Flanders Fields

While during the First World War most of Belgium was occupied by the German Empire, it’s the southern region of Western Flanders that remains in our memories, as it represents one of the bloodiest battlefields in history. In this area, thousands of soldiers with different nationalities fought for freedom and peace, but many of them haven’t returned home and still lie in what’s better known as Flanders Fields.

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100 years later, the memory is still very much alive in the region Westhoek, where you’ll come across hundreds of monuments and graveyards. Not only will you be able to discover the Flemish battlefields, you can also visit one of the many museums, shedding light on the various facets of the Great War throughout events and exhibitions. One of the main museums is the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres. The museum tells the story of the First World War, from the invasion in Belgium until the cruel and brutal end of this war zone.

“In Flanders Fields” is originally a poem written by the Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae after losing a friend and fellow soldier during the Second Battle of Ypres. The poem, considered to be one of Canada’s best known literary works, refers to the red poppies growing over the many graves of the fallen soldiers. As a result, the red poppy is nowadays a world known symbol and token of remembrance to those who have died in conflict.

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As a visitor of Flanders Fields, there are several ways to contribute to the commemoration:

5 must-sees in Flanders Fields

  1. Last Post (Menenpoort)
    Since 1928, volunteers from the fire department have been playing a final salute every evening at the stroke of 8 p.m. as a tribute to the fallen soldiers.
  2. The Yser Tower
    A memorial commemorating mainly the Flemish soldiers. From the panorama hall at 84 meters above the ‘Flanders Fields’, you have a unique view over the entire area, where all WW1 sites are clearly signposted.
  3. Talbot house
    The most well-known soldiers’ club of the Great War is nowadays a museum and a B&B.
  4. Western front in Nieuwpoort
    This new visitors’ centre shows how the flooding of the plains stopped the German troops.
  5. Vladslo military cemetery
    25,644 German soldiers lie buried here. This is also the site where ‘The Grieving Parents’ mourn their loss; this statue was made by the artist Käthe Kollwitz for her son Peter and all other war dead.

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