Speech by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders at the photo exhibition about foreign soldiers in Europe during the First World War (1914-1918).
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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders currently accompanies the King and Queen of the Belgians on a working visit to the United Nations (UN) in New York. The royal couple and the minister will take part in a ceremony of commemoration of the First World War later today. Following this homage, they will inaugurate an exhibition of photographs dedicated to those who, coming from the four corners of the world, came to fight on the European soil.
A group of five young Canadians are finishing today a 7-day visit to Belgium. These young people, between the ages of 16 and 18, are the winners of a competition organized by the Belgian Embassy in Ottawa, in partnership with Rencontres du Canada. The 200 or so competitors were asked to submit a work inspired by Canadian Medical Officer John McCrae's famous poem “In Flanders Fields”. The composition made the poppy the symbol of the First World War dead for Commonwealth countries. This initiative is part of the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the "Third Battle of Ypres," in which 15,600 Canadian soldiers were killed or wounded.