Flanders Fields Memorial Garden in Canberra soon

Flemish PM Geert Bourgeois is releasing 200,000 euros for the construction of a Flanders Fields Memorial Garden in the Australian capital Canberra. The garden of remembrance is expected to open next April.

The Canberra Flanders Fields Memorial Garden is the second garden of its kind. A first Flanders Fields Memorial Garden opened in London in 2014. The Canberra garden will be built using earth collected from Great War battlefields in Flanders.

Over 400,000 Australians fought in the Great War. 60,000 perished. Their memory is kept alive during remembrance ceremonies on ANZAC Day on 25 April. Ceremonies to commemorate Australian and New Zealand soldiers are also held in Flanders and these ties underpin the wish to create a Flanders Fields Memorial Garden in Canberra.