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CEREMONIES

Monday – 22 August – Opening ceremony at Oostduinkerke


18.00 hrs: Departure from the Astridplein to the parking lot of the Sint-Niklaas-Church

                  for the tribute at "the memorial for the military and civilian dead of Oostduinkerke".


Tuesday – 23 August – Oostduinkerke


08.00 hrs:  Official starting signal;

11.00 hrs:  Tribute at “the memorial for the military and civilian dead of Newport"

                   Onze-Lieve-Vrouwstraat - Newport;

14.30 hrs:  Memorial of the "Zouaven", Zouavenplein, Koksijde.


Wednesday – 24 August – Diksmuide


08.00 hrs:  Official starting signal;

11.30 hrs:  War memorial Merkem, Westbroekstraat 8650, Merkem (Houthulst);

13.00 hrs:  Ceremony at the memorial wall of admiral Ronarc’h and the French marine fusiliers at Diksmuide                                   Organised by the patriotic association of Diksmuide and "Souvenir Français";

14.15 hrs:  Ceremony at the “Onze-Lieve-Vrouwhoekje” at Oud-Stuivekenskerke
                   Organised by the "Friends of the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwhoekje”;

16.00 hrs:  Ceremony at the “Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof Vladslo”, Houtlandstraat te Vladslo;

17.30 hrs:  Tribute at the memorial on the Italy Square

                   Organised by the patriotic association of Diksmuide;

18.00 hrs:  Memorial on the Market Square of Diksmuide.


Thursday – 25 August – Poperinge


08.00 hrs:  Official starting signal;

11.30 hrs:  Haringe “Haringhe Bandaghem military cemetery”, Nachtegaalstraat 2, Haringe;

18.15 hrs:  Tribute at “the memorial for the military and civilian dead of Poperinge"

                    Market Square Poperinge.        


Friday – 26 August –  Ypres

08.00 hrs:  Official starting signal;

11.30 hrs:  “Tuileries Cemetery”, Maeldestedestraat, 111 Zillebeke;

15.30 hrs:  Last Post ceremony at the Meningate of Ypres;

15.45 hrs:  Closing parade and ceremony at the Market Square of Ypres. 

In addition to the physical challenge and the pleasant atmosphere among participants, the “Four Days of the Yser” wants to make time for remembrance and respect in memory of the many military and civilian casualties who fell in the area during World War I.

 

Along with various patriotic associations, we invite you to take part in these moments of reflection and we ask that you show appropriate respect during these commemorations.

 

The official opening ceremony will take place on the Monday evening preceding the event. The shrimp fishermen on horseback from Oostduinkerke, who created the Four Days of the Yser, will escort the prominent figures from the Zeedijk to the monument to the fallen at the Sint-Niklaas church in the Leopold-II laan.  

 

On the closing day in Ypres, the daily “Last Post Ceremony” under the Menenpoort in Ypres will exceptionally be advanced from 8 pm to 3 pm. After listening to the penetrating tones of the bugles, the Four Days of the Yser will officially be brought to a close with a parade of all participants from the city’s edge, through the Menenpoort to the main square.


An overview with the locations and times of the ceremonies will be included here as soon as it becomes available.