Yser tower #3 - Pax Gateway
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In the First World War the Belgian front army consisted mainly of Flemish soldiers, but they were
commanded in French by the aristocracy and Walloon officers. The Flemish soldiers were humiliated and oppressed, just because they were Flemish.
So the Flemish soldiers decided to stride for:
1. autonomy (self government) for Flanders,
2. never war again, nowhere, and
3. peace for everyone whatever their convictions (beliefs).
Today it means: Freedom, Peace, Tolerance.
In 1928 the construction of the 50m high Yser cross started. On 24 august 1930, the year
of the Belgian centenary, the original Yser tower was inaugurated. After a first attack in 1945 the
Yser tower was completely destroyed in the night of 15-16 march 1946: ‘with great skill,
efficiently, anonymously and yet known’. With the debris of the dynamited Yser tower the Pax Gateway (Gateway of Peace) was built in 1950.
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