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Tomorrow, 11 November, is Armistice Day and there are a couple of ceremonies and activities taking place in Brussels to commemorate the anniversary of the end of World War I. Even if you don’t attend an event, it is still worth pausing for a moment on your day off to remember history.

The main memorial event will take place at the Colonne du Congrès (Place du Congrès) starting at 10am with the arrival of troops and display of flowers and cannon shots. A parade along Rue Royale will begin at 11:30, with the Belgian national anthem to be played at 10:40. The British Torch of Remembrance Members will march in the parade, and will attend a ceremony at the Colonne du Congrès at 5pm, when the flame will be symbolically ‘rekindled’. There will be some traffic restrictions in the area.

The British & Commonwealth Women’s Club of Brussels is hosting a Poppy Appeal Tea from 1:30 to 3pm in support of the Royal British Legion (RBL) in Belgium. See here for details.

If you’re interested in exploring parts of Belgium where fighting took place, The Bulletin did a helpful write-up of battle field tours in Flanders, which saw some of the bloodiest battles of the Great War.

Images via Wikipedia and Flanders Fields.

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