Join us at the City of Canada Bay Museum on Saturday, 3rd November at 1:30 for a 2:00 pm start to bear witness to an emotional journey as the Menin Gate Lions return to home soil for the first time in more that 80 years. Instead of a guest speaker we will be showing a documentary from the Australian War Memorial. It is not just the journey of the lions but the history that binds two countries in the wake of WW!.
The Lions had been at the Menin Gate, guarding the entrance to Ypres, during the period of the First World War, when literally thousands of soldiers marched through the gate on their way to the battlefields.
At the end of the war the lions, broken and scarred, were recovered from the rubble and, in 1936, the Burgomaster of Ypres presented them to the Australian government as a token of friendship and an acknowledgement of Australia’s sacrifice in the region during the war.
An initiative between the Belgian, Flemish and Australian governments saw the lions temporarily returned to the Menin Gate in 2017 to mark the centenary of one of the most costly campaigns of the First World War, the Third Battle of Ypres, often known simply as “Passchendaele”.
Don’t forget to bring your tissues!
For more information https://canadabayheritage.asn.au/event/the-menin-gate-lions/
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