Buttes new Brititsh cemetery - Polygon Wood
Autumn might well be the best season to experience WW I in Flanders Fields: the colour and the quiet of the landscape are a perfect backdrop for many moving stories…

1. The Last Post ceremony

The volunteer buglers from the local fire brigade have been playing the Last Post every evening since 1928 (except during WWII), day after day, week in week out, to underline the importance of keeping the memory alive of those who fell during the Great War. Sun or rain, nothing can stop the Last Post Association from performing their tribute to the fallen.

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2. Polygon Wood

Deep in the heart of Polygon Wood, stands Buttes New British Cemetery and the New Zealand memorial to the missing. 100 years ago, it was a bloody moonscape, but today it is a place of serenity, peace and emotional reflection.

Buttes new Brititsh cemetery - Polygon Wood

3. Women in the war

Rainy day? Head over to one of the “Her Side of the War” exhibitions, as the Great War was not an exclusively male affair. Women too played their part, although not on the battlefield.

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4. Hill 62

Watch the trees along Canadalaan – ‘Maple Avenue’- turn vivid shades of yellow, orange and red. The road, which was planted with maple trees after the war as a mark of respect for the Canadian sacrifice, will lead you up to the Canadian War Memorial Sanctuary Wood.

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5. Hooge Crater Museum

With its life representations of war scenes, the extensive collection of weaponry, the uniforms and pictures, you will have plenty to see while warming back up after your visit to the surrounding cemeteries and war memorials.

Advance War Museum @AP Photo-Raf Casert
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