16 Sep 2015

"In Flanders Fields" day

In Flanders Fields
8900 Ieper

The College of Europe has organized for several years now student visits to the battlefields of the First World War in Flanders. This contributes to perpetuating the memory of the war, to raising College of Europe students' interest in the conflict and sensitizing them to the experience of those who fought and of the local population.

On Wednesday 16 September 2015, 350 students from the College of Europe (Bruges campus), representing 53 different nationalities, undertook a study trip to “Flanders Fields” in the Ypres region where they visited Tyne Cot cemetery, the Hill 60 battlefield and the Bayernwald trench reconstruction. They also attended the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial. A wreath was placed by students representing both sides of the armed conflict of the First World War, and one of the students pronounced the Exhortation.

Wreath: Callum RUSSELL (GB), David Jan BOSCCHAERT (BE), Gabriel CHABERT (FR), Caroline STRUNK (DE)

Poem: Thomas BOUSFIELD (GB)

Rector Jörg MONAR wants the students to better understand the bloody conflicts that took place in this region, which wiped out a generation of young people similar in age, with the hope that students will then better appreciate the peace and prosperity which is now possible through cooperation at a European and International level.


We thank Matteo RICCI and Ernest PETROSYAN (Students of the Chopin Promotion) for their photographs.

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