Belgium: Ypres & World War I Memorials

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The city of Ypres and the surrounding countryside in the Belgian province of Flanders occupied a strategic position during World War I.  And because it lay in the path of Germany’s planned sweep across neutral Belgium and into France, this area endured the most horrific fighting during the war.  As you will soon discover, those who live here have not forgotten the enormous sacrifice of so many British Commonwealth troops (from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and India) during the Great War. Please pay your respects, keeping in mind that there were victims on both sides.

Special Note: The countryside is still a mine field with uncountable hidden hazards.  Two construction workers were killed the very next day after my visit. (See Reuters Article)


 

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