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).
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