By Christophe Morel, USAG Benelux Public AffairsOctober 29, 2018
CHIÈVRES, Belgium -- On Nov. 11, 1918, Canadian troops and the 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers liberated the city of Mons. For the centennial anniversary of its liberation, Mons wants to commemorate those who fought for freedom.
On Oct. 26, the Grand Place will become a sight to see for those who love history. Each day through Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., the public will have the opportunity to see a video-mapping light show that will turn the City Hall into a projection surface.
Every night, visitors will discover the liberation of Mons through the eyes of George Price, the last Canadian Soldier to fall, two minutes before the Armistice.
The show will be free and presented in both French and English.
This event is a part of the Night of the Museums in Mons. The theme of this year is freedom. For more information about the program, visit www.visitmons.be/la-nuit-desmusees-a-mons. Of course, it won't be possible to drive on Grand Place during the shows.
The video-mapping show is not be the only event commemorating the liberation's centennial. On Nov. 10, at 8 p.m., the Violons du Roy (Canada) and the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie will pay tribute to the Canadian Soldiers who died in Mons with a liberation concert held in the Royal Theater on Grand Place. To symbolize alliance, the two ensembles will play together a work created by Michel Lysight, a Belgian-Canadian composer.
On Nov. 11, at 9:30 a.m., a religious ceremony will be held in the Collegiate Church of Saint Waudru. The Mons cemetery will host a commemorative ceremony at 10:30 a.m. There will be also a special ceremony of tribute to the War Memorial on Place du Parc and a tribute ceremony to commemorative plaques placed under the entrance porch of the Hôtel de Ville, or city hall, on the square. At 3 p.m., don't miss the recreation parade (similar to the parades held Nov. 11 and 15, 1918) with troops from the Armies of Belgium, Canada, France and Britain.