World War I commemoration involves big names
The battle surrounding World War I commemorations in Belgium has not been fought out yet. Last week the federal government called on the federated entities to join hands in collaboration and deliberation. The fact that the commemoration of the Great War fought in the trenches from 1914 to 1918 is not a Flemish, Walloon or Brussels affair, but maybe foremost a Belgian one, was heard in federal circles. It may simply be a coincidence, but it’s interesting to note that the names gracing the eight-member ‘preservation committee’ that is supposed to help the Flemish government map out a practical plan for its prestigious commemorative project ’100-year Great War’, was presented yesterday. The delegation includes European president Herman Van Rompuy, IOC president Jacques Rogge and astronaut Frank Dewinne.