Just like last year, the annual ANZAC Day ceremonies in Zonnebeke on 25 April will not take place because of the corona measures.  We will therefore, together with the municipality of Zonnebeke, commemorate the deployment of the 'Australian and New Zealand Army Corps' (ANZAC) again in other, corona-safe ways, such as the inauguration of the art project 'Faces of War' and various “bubble” commemorations.

Art project of 129 railway sleepers represents all nations involved in WWI
From 25 April, Jan Fieuw will exhibit his new art project 'Faces of War' at the entrance of our museum. The work of art made of railway sleepers is a tribute to those who lost their lives during the First World War. During the First World War, railway sleepers were used to build railway lines for the transport of ammunition, weapons, food and troops. After WWI, farmers fenced off their fields with these sleepers. Now Jan carved 129 faces of anonymous soldiers from the 129 countries that were involved in the Great War from these sleepers. Some of the sleepers still contain bullets or shrapnel. The work of art remains in the chateau grounds of Zonnebeke until 25 July and can be visited free of charge.

Call to commemorate online in “bubble”
Last year, we launched the call to stand outside with a light on 25 April at 6 a.m. during our online moment of reflection. A call that was answered en masse. This year we are co-organiser of the livestream of the ANZAC Day Carillon concert on Facebook. This is a cooperation with  Tourism Ypres, Tourism Poperinge, Tourism Flanders, City of Ypres, In Flanders Fields Museum, Hooge Crater Museum and Talbot House. The concert can be followed live from 11.30 am onwards. On our Facebook page you can also follow the laying of the wreaths in Zonnebeke and watch the report of the 'bubble' commemorations by the museum and the volunteer association GPS 1917 vzw.