The Great War Centenary (2014-'18)

The First World War, also known as the Great War, was the first international conflict of truly world scale dimensions. The War raged from 28 July 1914 until 11 November 1918 and claimed millions of military and civilian casualties.

Today, nearly one hundred years later, we remain firmly convinced that the events of the years ’14 -’18 continue to exert a fundamental influence on our society and that the victims of this horrendous war are deserving of a dignified commemoration.

It is for such reasons that the Government of Flanders has decided to frame the commemoration of the Great War Centenary within an overarching compass that embraces themes like...

‘war and peace’,
‘remembrance and awareness’,
‘the European idea’,

thus to open our minds to the perpetuating memory
of our past...
thus to learn an indelible lesson for the future.


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