Double ceremony '100 years liberation'

Friday 28 September, 2018 from 17:00 to 18:00
Dubbelplechtigheid '100 jaar bevrijding'

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 September 28, 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 Zonnebeke and Houthulst and the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, in cooperation with Belgian Defence, organise the double ceremony '100 years liberation' on Friday 28 September. In Houthulst the focus is 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. A concert in the church of Passendale rounds off the day.


  • 10.30 a.m.           Commemoration ceremony - Belgian military cemetery Houthulst
  • 2.30 p.m.             Official inauguration of the Belgian Memorial Garden - Passchendaele Memorial Park
  • 5.00 p.m.             Commemoration ceremony - center of Passendale
  • 8.00 p.m.             WW1  Concert of Jan Wuytens - church Passendale

Those who want to attend the ceremony / ceremonies need to register here before 24 September.

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