1917, Total War in Flanders

1917

September

 

Picture by F. Hurley - source: AWM (E01220). Five Australians, members of a field artillery brigade, passing along a duckboard track over mud and water among gaunt bare tree trunks in the Ypres Salient.THE EXHIBITIONS ‘1917, TOTAL WAR IN FLANDERS’ 
3 JUNE – 31 DECEMBER 2017
YPRES, ZONNEBEKE, HEUVELLAND, MESEN, LANGEMARK-POELKAPELLE, POPERINGE AND HOUTHULST

‘1917: Total war in Flanders’ tells the story of the infamous Mine Battle of Messines and the Battle of Passchendaele in a series of unique exhibitions and info-modules located at the most important First World War sites in the southern part of the Westhoek. From here you can follow various walking, cycling and car routes that will take you to imposing mine craters, trenches, military cemeteries, etc., which now form an integral part of the landscape. On 3 June, all the project's different exhibitions will open their doors to the general public.
www.flandersfields.be/en/1917 
 

Vive Labeur‘CHINA BACK IN TOWN’ FESTIVAL 
VIVE LABEUR - HAIL TO THE WORK 劳工为圣
2-3 SEPTEMBER 2017, POPERINGE

Poperinge welcomes the Chinese on Sunday 3 September. The traditional town festivities will be completely immersed in the China-theme, with dragon parades, Chinese tea ceremonies, Chinese calligraphy workshops and acrobatics.
Poperinge Tourist Office | +32 (0)57 34 66 76 | www.poperinge14-18.be
 

THEME WEEKEND ON THE OCCASION OF ‘GUYNEMER LE CENTENAIRE’ (8-10 SEPTEMBER) AND REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY (11 SEPTEMBER 2017), LANGEMARK-POELKAPELLE
Guynemer Memorial Service in Poelkapelle on 11 September 2017. Themed activities in the village all weekend.
Langemark-Poelkapelle Tourist Office | +32 (0)57 49 09 41 | www.langemark-poelkapelle14-18.be 
 

A SYMPHONY OF TREES BY PIET SWERTS
15 - 16 SEPTEMBER 2017, YPRES (ST MARTIN’S CATHEDRAL)

Homage to Ypres and Ivor Gurney. By the Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, David Angus, Lee Bisset and Thomas Blondelle.
Ypres Tourist Office | +32 (0)57 23 92 20 | www.toerismeieper.be
 

Carabiniers grenadiersCEREMONY OF REMEMBRANCE CARABINIERS-GRENADIERS
24 SEPTEMBER 2017, ZONNEBEKE (PASSCHENDAELE)

The great allied offensive that started on 28 September 1918, ended the first World War. On that day the Belgians, under the command of King Albert I, together with British and French troops, attacked the Germans on the Ypres Salient. The Belgian Carabiniers-Grenadiers invaded and gained control over the ruins of the village of Passchendaele, after heavy fighting. Afterwards the offensive advanced to Moorslede and Roeselare. Exactly 99 years later their efforts will be remembered at the church of Passchendaele.
Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 | +32 (0)51 77 04 41 | www.passchendaele2017.org
 

AUSTRALIAN CEREMONY OF REMEMBRANCE (DAWN SERVICE)
AND PLANTING CEREMONIES FOR THE WOOD OF PEACE,
26 SEPTEMBER 2017, ZONNEBEKE (CWGC BUTTES NEW BRITISH CEMETERY)

Exactly 100 years ago, CWGC Buttes New British Cemetery was the scene of a fierce battle for the 5th Australian Division through which they conquered Polygon Wood. This cemetery is now the last resting place of more than 500 Australians, half of which have never been identified.
Australian Ceremony of RemembranceThe Australian Government, with the support of the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 and the Municipality of Zonnebeke, is holding a centenary commemorative service at Polygon Wood on 26 September at dawn. Early in the morning, a Park and Ride system will operate from the Bellewaerde car park which will bring visitors to the cemetery and commemorative site via a reflective walk through Polygon Wood. People wishing to attend will need to apply for an attendance pass. Links to the registration site can be found at www.passchendaele2017.org and www.dva.gov.au.

The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 is organising a number of themed activities throughout the afternoon in the chateau grounds of Zonnebeke and one of the planting ceremonies for the Wood of Peace takes place. 
Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 | +32 (0)51 77 04 41 | www.passchendaele2017.org
 

Wood of PeaceTHE WOOD OF PEACE
26 SEPTEMBER 2017, ZONNEBEKE (POLYGON WOOD)

In 2017, a tree will be planted for each fallen soldier with a known grave at the two British cemeteries of Polygon Wood, CWGC Buttes New British Cemetery and CWGC Polygon Wood Cemetery. In addition to this, a monument for all the missing soldiers will be erected in a central area in the new park. The Wood of Peace will keep the memory of those who lost their lives during WWI alive for many generations to come. There will be two planting days: 26 September and 12 October. Everyone who wants to plant a tree for a fallen soldier can register online. They can link up with the fallen soldier for whom they are planting a tree through his personal file. 
Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 | +32 (0)51 77 04 41 | www.passchendaele2017.org 
 

INAUGURATION OF THE JOSEPH LISTER (VC) MEMORIAL PLAQUE
30 SEPTEMBER 2017, LANGEMARK-POELKAPELLE

Langemark-Poelkapelle Tourist Office | +32 (0)57 49 09 41 | www.langemark-poelkapelle14-18.be

 

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