Belgium remembers in Nieuport and Ypres on 28/10/2014

On 28 October 2014, the federal government will commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Ypres, with the theme of refusal to surrender and the flooding of the Yser plain; the Soldier King will also be honoured. The commemorative events will take place in Nieuwpoort and Ypres on 28 October.

  • The day of commemorations will begin at 3 p.m. at the King Albert I Monument with a ceremony that will be attended by the King, the Queen and representatives from countries involved in the First World War (83 countries in total have been invited to the commemorations). The tribute to King Albert I and the flooding of the Yser plain will be at the forefront of the event. The public will be able to view the ceremony as it happens but from a distance (giant screens will be set up in the Kaaiplein square in Nieuwpoort).
  • The second ceremony will start at the Menin Gate in Ypres at 5.30 p.m. and will focus on the Battle of Ypres. The King, the Queen as well as national and international guests will also attend this modified version of the Last Post. The general public can also watch this ceremony on giant screens erected in Ypres’ Grand Place.
  • The day will end at 8.30 p.m. with a free concert given by Wim Mertens in Saint Martin’s Cathedral, Ypres, which will be attended by the royal couple. The general public is also welcome but the number of places are limited. Tickets are available at the Ypres tourist office.