Gemeente De Panne

Statue for military victims of WW1 and WW2 EN

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Title               Statue for military victims of WW1 and WW2
Design            Jules Bernaerts (°1882, Mechelen – †1957, Mechelen)
Material          Belgian Blue Stone, bronze
Installation     1922
Location         Koning Albertplein

Inscription (in Dutch and French): To our BROTHERS IN ARMS WHO FELL for RIGHTS AND FREEDOM

This artistic commemoration on Koning Albertplein, which was unveiled in the presence of Kind Albert I in 1922, bears witness to the many people of De Panne who gave their lives for the fatherland while the constant bombardment also created many victims among the civilian population. It presents a young woman with a helmet and a laurel wreath in one hand, and a dagger in the other, which she presses to her cheek. At the back of the plinth there is a black hard stone cross, which bears a bronze commemorative plaque with a list of the victims. Source: JACOBS, M., Zij die vielen als helden… (Those who fell as heroes) Bruges: Province of West-Flanders, 1995-1996 (2 parts).