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WW1 commemorative events in February?

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WW1 commemorative events in February?

What are begin held or any sites I should see. I have been to Ypres a few years ago and wish to see something different.

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1. Re: WW1 commemorative events in February?

There are no commemorative ceremonies in February 2014, the war didn't start till 28 July 1914 and the big events in Belgium kick off in August (with the anniversary of the Battle of Mons): http://www.be14-18.be/en/events/agenda

It could well be worth returning to Ieper as the In Flanders Fields museum has been renovated and I doubt that you could have visited all the cemeteries and battlefields in the area. Tours to the Ypres Salient area have also been introduced from Brussels and Ghent, although I haven't checked starting dates: viator.com/tours/…d5298-2200FLANDERS_GHENT

If you are here at the END of February, the Army Museum in Brussels opens its new exhibition on WWI on 26/2/14: http://www.expo14-18.be/ - of course you can visit the museum itself at any time (except Mondays).

If you would be visiting Leuven, this exhibition doesn't start until March : mleuven.be/en/…index.jsp BUT the university library tower has already opened its own exhibition on the burning of the library by the Germans during WWI: kuleuven.be/english/news/tower-of-historic-c…

Antwerp will have a number of exhibitions and events later in the year but the only activities you could do in February are guided walks with a WWI theme ("Antwerpen in de Grote Oorlog"): antwerpen14-18.be/en/…

If you would be driving, several routes have been set up linked to WWI, e.g. starting at the British memorial at Ploegsteert and including the Saint Yvon/"Khaki Chums" cross commemorating the truce of Christmas 1914: www.commemorer14-18.be/index.php?id=9170 - or you could easily make up your own tour, using ww1battlefields.co.uk/flanders/plugstreet.ht…

You could also visit the citadels of Namur (http://www.citadelle.namur.be/ - unfortunately guided tours and the little train don't start till April) and Dinant (http://www.citadellededinant.be/en/welcome - open every day except Friday, but in Feb the cable car will only be operating at weekends), both of which played a role in both wars.

For other ideas in Wallonia: http://www.visitbelgium.com/?page=world-war-i

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2. Re: WW1 commemorative events in February?

qaminari: the information on the link you provided omitted to mention the commemorative events of 23rd August to be held in the city of Mons. Each year, irrespective of whether it is a "special" anniversary, this day is marked as the first major battle for Mons. Respects are paid at four major sites, including the canal bridge at Nimy where my husband's grandfather (a Royal Fusilier) fought alongside members of the Middlesex Regiment. The first VC's of 1914-18 war were awarded to soldiers who fought in that same spot.

www.centenarynews.com/article?id=1116‎

We have been in attendance several times (including the 90th anniversary when officials from SHAPE were also present. We will be there again this year on 23rd August when we shall once again lay a wreath.

Edited: 01 February 2014, 23:35
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3. Re: WW1 commemorative events in February?

PamjoHertfordshire: the OP is coming in FEBRUARY! What exactly would be the point of directing him specifically to something happening in AUGUST? The link I provided was intended to support the fact that there is nothing in February, not specifically that there is something in August, which cannot interest him.

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4. Re: WW1 commemorative events in February?

qaminari: I know that, which is why I addressed my reply to you!

The first link you provided him with was:

http://www.be14-18.be/en/events/agenda

Other people on this site may also have looked at that link and as it is the one that does not mention 23rd August commemorations it is factually incorrect. That's all I was trying to say.

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5. Re: WW1 commemorative events in February?

qaminari thank you for your answer. Yes unfortunately I am in In the area at the moment. I can see fro the BBC and een (on Belgium TV) have been showing some programmes about the events. I was sort of hopigns something like the museums would be starting with special exhibits already.

I have a website in my favs for GPS waypoints covering Wollonia. That too gives me some ideas, but not so much as you have done.

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6. Re: WW1 commemorative events in February?

If anybody else is interested in these events I have found this site to add to the collection of information:

http://www.flandersfields.be

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