We visited Flanders Fields.
It’s something I’ve always wanted to see.
We took a little trip to Bruges, Belgium…and saw the Flanders Fields WWI sites on the way back home to Germany.
It was emotional to see all the monuments and memorials to the Commonwealth soldiers.
The “Brooding Soldier” statue by Frederick Chapman Clemesha in the St. Julien Memorial was poignant and much taller than I expected.
We enjoyed the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917.
Open from Monday to Sunday, from 9:00 to 18:00. Last admission at 16:30. A museum visit lasts approximately two hours.
Adults: €6,5 or €10,5 with audioguide
Students: €4 or €7 with audioguide
Under 7 FREE
I read that it was a fun and interactive museum, but we were really blown away by how well put-together it is. We didn’t bother to get audio-guides. The plaques on each display were in English and we read every single one.
The kids loved the interactive exhibits, trying on body armor and helmets, gas masks, and cloaks.
The kids were excited to see a stuffed messenger pigeon like Cher Ami.
Cher Ami was a registered Blue Check Hen carrier pigeon, one of 600 birds owned and flown by the U.S. Army Signal Corps in France during World War I. Download the Cher Ami real story here.
The exhibits were really amazing.
We really experienced history in the replicated dugout and trenches.
There was a gorgeous park with lots of walking trails. We had a picnic lunch by the pond.
The Menin Gate was breathtaking.
I really wanted to see the Essex Farm Cemetery and Memorials.
John McCrae wrote the poem In Flanders Fields.
It was memorable to see all these World War I sites and I’m so glad the kids and I got to experience this history.
Also, here’s my World War I Unit Study.
On this day, at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ends. At 5 a.m. that morning, Germany, bereft of manpower and supplies and faced with imminent invasion, signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car outside Compiegne, France.
Learn about WWI, Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, and American Veterans Day
- DK Eyewitness Books: World War I by
- World War I for Kids: A History with 21 Activities by
- The War to End All Wars: World War I by
- Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood by
- War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
- All Quiet on the Western Front by
- A Farewell to Arms by
- Silver Threads by
- War Game: Village Green to No-Man’s-Land by
- Truce by
- Christmas in the Trenches by
- Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914 by
- Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce by
- Christmas Truce: A True Story of World War 1 by
- Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour: Armistice Day, 1918 World War I and Its Violent Climax by
- Archie’s War by
- A Brave Soldier by
- Rags: Hero Dog of WWI: A True Story by
- Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog by
- Stubby the Dog Soldier: World War I Hero by
- The Silver Donkey by Sonya Hartnett
- In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae by
- The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and Her Tribute to Veterans by
- Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion by
- A Poppy Is to Remember by
- Remembrance Poems & Readings: Reflection on Matters of War & Peace by
- Come On In, America: The United States in World War I by
- The Wall by
- America’s White Table by