Burial of 9 French soldiers - Ieper - 23/09/2021
On Thursday 23 September 2021 the burial of 9 French soldiers took place at the French military cemetery Saint-Charles de Potyze at Ieper. The soldiers had been found at and around Diksmuide and probably died in October/November 1914 when French troops succeeded in stopping the Germans at Diksmuide.

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The coffins of the soldiers.

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The coffins were installed at the back of the cemetery.

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Arrival of the official party with French Ambassador in Belgium Hélène Farnaud-Defromont.

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A number of pupils of a French school in Brussels brought a few stories of French soldiers during the Great War.

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Olderman Dimitry Soenen on behalf of the City of Ieper.

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Address by the Ambassador.

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Wreath laying by the French Ambassador and the military and civil authorities and associations.

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The hymn 'Aux Morts' followed by the European hymn and the national anthems of Belgium and France.

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The musicians from the French army from Lille.

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The pupils finally laid flowers at the graves of some soldiers.

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After the ceremony a prayer was said by the military chaplains and all the coffins were blessed. (Thanks to Dominique Bascour for the additional pictures).

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