2018 Commemorations of the first world war in Mons | A tribute to the Canadia troops, who freed the city a hundred years ago

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  • Demonstration
From Saturday 10 to Sunday 11 November 2018.

During the last week of the first world war, the Canadian troops helped free the French-Belgian region between Quievrain and Casteau. It's on the very last day, November 11th, 1918, that they liberated Mons from German occupation. The city, grateful, commemorates the event every year, in partnership with Canada. Join us in celebrating the centenary on November 10-11th, 2018.

The people of Mons will forever be thankful to the soldiers who risked their lives to defend Belgium's freedom and rights. It is with great emotion still that they pay tribute to their memory. Learn more about the liberation of Mons here.

The 2018 commemoration

The city, together with Quiévrain, Saint-Ghislain, Roeulx and Soignie, will organise special ceremonies inspired by the liberation of Mons at the Great War, as well as concerts, a procession and a touching play on Private George Lawrence Price (believed to be the last Canadian soldier to die in battle during the first world war. He died at Mons a few minutes before the signing of the Armistice).

Click here to see the program for the Saturday and here for the Sunday in Mons and its region.

No need to live in Mons to join this special tribute to Canadian troops: everyone is welcome to join, if only to learn more of this important page of history in Wallonia.

Mons Commemorations November 2018

In November 2018, the city of Mons, in collaboration with the municipalities of the Roeulx, Soignies and Quiévrain, wishes to commemorate with dignity the centenary of its liberation by Canadian troops. The Montois want to thank those, who a century ago, fought at the peril of their lives to defend our freedom and our rights.

Schedule

From Saturday 10 to Sunday 11 November 2018.
The information provided is an indication only. We advise you to inquire directly with the organisers of the event that interests you before you leave.