Passendale, Belgium - 100 - Opening Belgian Memorial Garden.
Double ceremony ‘100 years liberation’ Houthulst – Passendale
In the spring of 1918, the troops on both sides of the front are stuck in a war of position. After an ultimate German attempt to break through with their Spring Offensive, the initiative returns to the Allies for good. King Albert I is put in charge of an international force ‘Army Group Flanders’. The war is moving again, with the Belgians playing an important role in the capture of the heights between Zonnebeke and Diksmuide.
On 28 September 1918, the Karabiniers-Grenadiers take the ruins of Passendale. The 7th Infantry Division conquers the Forest of Houthulst.
Exactly 100 years later the municipalities of Houthulst and Zonnebeke and the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, in cooperation with Belgian Defence, organise the double ceremony ‘100 years liberation’ on Friday 28 September. Houthulst focuses on the story of the soldiers, while in Passendale the civilians and the idea of peace are central.
On the same day, the Belgian Memorial Garden in the Passchendaele Memorial Park is ceremoniously opened.