Armistice day for warring politicians on Flanders fields
Published 27/06/2014 | 02:30
Ypres is the prettiest of places, its winding cobbled streets and sandstone bricked buildings bathed in warm midsummer sunshine.
It looks like an idyllic spot, yet the soil beneath and beyond this Flanders town is stained with the blood of hundreds of thousands of men and women, killed by bullets, shells, bombs and mustard gas during the most savage of conflicts.
Five battles raged through its narrow streets in World War I. The third, the terrible slaughter of the Battle of Passchendaele left almost half-a-million souls dead, and the town which rose from their ashes, filled with war museums and the soaring memorial arch of the Menin Gate, is a dignified and powerful reminder to the leaders of nations to Never Forget.