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21-05-2013

Belgium commemorates the First World War

Launch of website www.be14-18.be


Picture Malek Azoug

On May 21 2013, the Belgian federal government held a press conference at the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, where an explanation was given about the planned commemorations of the First World War for the period 2014 – 2018. On this occasion, the site www.be14-18.be was also launched that provides an overview of all activities related to the centenary of the First World War.

Through these commemorations, the Belgian government wants to pay tribute to all civilian and military victims of the First World War. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Pieter De Crem also announced the creation of a diploma of honour entitled “City or Town affected by acts of war – 1914 – 1918”. The diploma is intended to pay tribute to the services of the Belgian cities or towns that were particularly hard-hit by the battles, bombings and massacres that took place during the First World War. The cities and towns in question will be entitled to attach a matching commemorative ribbon to their flags. The diploma of honour and commemorative ribbon are awarded by the National Defence Minister.

The speech of Minister De Crem at this press conference can be consulted here.


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