Lion statues return to the Menin Gate

The Menin Gate in the West Flemish town of Ieper has its lions back. However, they are not the originals as they were given to Australia in the 1930’s as a thank you for its soldiers bravery during the First World War. The original Menin Gate lions stand next to the tomb of the unknown soldier in the Australian capital Canberra.  

Last year the original lion statues returned to Ieper temporarily as part of the Great War commemorations. Their return met with an emotional response on the part of many people from Ieper.

The Australian government had copies made of the lions and sent them to Ieper. The lions were officially put on display at a ceremony held on Monday evening. The lions are holding a shield displaying the City of Ieper’s coat of arms.