Whilst the First World War is synonymous with large scale suffering, destruction and loss of life, Belgium also suffered as a nation during the Second World War too. This year, marks the 75th anniverary of the liberation of of Europe. In fact it was on 6 June 1944 that the Allies landed in Normandy on what is known as D-Day.
During the following days, the British and American Forces liberated Belgium including Brussels, Antwerp and various places in Flanders. Now, 75 years on, the liberation is being officially recognised and the celebration of freedom is being marked in a series of events and anniversaries all over Europe. Flanders is no exception. A number of events will take place all over Flanders and Europe this year and on 7-8 September, the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Antwerp (Flanders, Belgium) during the Second World War! On the occasion of the commemoration of the Liberation, the city is organising various events.
The Liberation Days is one of the highlights. The events start off with a unique 7km parade with 100 historic and contemporary military and civilian vehicles, accompanied by marching bands and actors. 15 historic planes will join in a fly-over over the Scheldt, where boats will sail in a historic flotilla. In the evening, a grand spectacle will take place here.The following day, the liberation parade follows on to the north of the city with a display of aircraft as well as frigates on the Schelde River promising a memorable weekend for all visitors.