Flanders to honour 38,000 Australians who died at Passchendaele

Flemish Prime Minister Geert Bourgeois has announced the creation of a Flemish Garden of Remembrance beside the Australian War Memorial in the Australian capital Canberra. Mr Bourgeois was able to make the announcement following a meeting with the Australian Veterans Minister Stuart Robert.

38,000 Australian soldiers died during the Battle of Passchendaele, the Third Battle of Ieper, whose centenary will be marked in 2017. In all Australia sent 400,000 soldiers to fight in Europe during the Great War. 60,000 Australians did not make it home.

The Flemish Government is to build the Flemish Garden of Remembrance in Canberra in the spring of 2017. Flemish Prime Minister Geert Bourgeois says that the garden is "a symbol of hope, peace and reconciliation with the prospect of a better future". Mr Bourgeois hopes to inaugurate the garden during a Flemish mission to Australia in the spring of 2017.