Silence and contemplation. Words sometimes fail faced with the biggest dramas of our History. Hainaut comprises numerous sites where those who gave their lives so that we could live ours repose. Don’t miss Saint-Symphorien Cemetery, considered one of Belgium’s most beautiful cemeteries. An iconic place where the first and last British soldiers to die in combat lie, it is also a superb symbol of unity and reconciliation, as German and British soldiers are united there. See the imposing Ploegsteert Memorial too. It commemorates the death on the battlefield of more than 11,000 soldiers from the Commonwealth countries. Soldiers who gave their life for the freedom of Belgium and Europe during the First World War. The imposing circular monument in a colonnade adorned with two recumbent lions lists the names of the 11,447 soldiers who have no grave, buried at the time in the mud between 1914 and 1918. The Last Post sounds every first Friday of the month. Take part in this intense and moving ceremony of homage played on brass instruments within the memorial’s walls. The “Ploegstreet 14-18 experience” interpretation centre enables visitors to relive the intensity of the Great War in this murderous region. Open to schools, groups and families, the latest technologies enable an immersive experience in memory of thousands of lost lives.