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Commemoration Day

The first Commemoration day was Sunday October 12th 2008.

The Burgemeester and Eldermen of Ledegem in West Flanders held a special 90th Remembrance Ledegem commemoration to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Ledegem by the second battalion Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians). A complete day of events marked the anniversary that was celebrated by the townspeople and the descendent families of the soldiers who fought in and around Ledeghem during WW1.

  • Parade of veterans and veteran associations of the British and Belgian forces.
  • Church Thanksgiving Ceremony
    • Sint-Pietrskerk tower was an observation post during WW1 and was used for four years as a hospital area by the German occupying forces. Traces of the occupation in the tower still exist today.
  • Unveiling of new monument.
    • A new monument to the soldiers of the 29th Division who fought for the liberation of Ledegem was unveiled in a special area on the corner of Rollegmestraat and Menenstraat in Ledegem
  • Music & Film show
    • The theme is music, photographs and films associated with the period. Some of the photographs, taken by photographers who resided in Ledegem under occupation will be on display for the first time in public.
Logo of Ledegem Historical SocietyThe inspiration behind the Remembrance Ledegem event was Ledegem's local historical society "HeemKring, Liedengehem", whose chairman first approached the Leinster Regiment Association, in August 2007, with the idea to specially commemorate the 90th anniversary.

The Leinster Regiment Association have been privileged to work with the members of the Historical Society of Ledegem and are grateful to them for the opportunity to uphold the objectives of the Association, to remember the Officers and soldiers of the Regiment.

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