weekly photo challenge: letters

April 25, 2014 at 3:18 pm 13 comments

this is a picture of the ijzertoren tower that houses a 22-floor museum dealing with world war i from the flemish perspective. it’s located in diksmuide, west flanders, belgium and considered to be the highest peace monument in europe.

at the top of facade, you can see a celtic cross with the following letters:


the letters stand for alles voor vlaanderen, vlaanderen voor kristus (all for flanders, flanders for christ).

it’s a symbol of flemish nationalism conceived by joe english, a flemish nationalist. it’s also placed on the the grave of every flemish soldier who died in the yser front during the first world war.

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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. psychosomaticallyinlove  |  April 25, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Wow! Great post! Thank you for sharing. πŸ™‚

    • 2. plaridel  |  April 25, 2014 at 11:17 pm


      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

  • 3. sustainabilitea  |  April 25, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    That’s huge, Plaridel! I was expecting something much smaller.


    • 4. plaridel  |  April 25, 2014 at 11:19 pm


      it was a picture i took last summer. when i read about this week’s challenge, i thought it was a good fit. πŸ™‚

  • 5. stenoodie  |  April 25, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Cool selection! Thank you for the pingback as well! πŸ™‚

    • 6. plaridel  |  April 25, 2014 at 11:20 pm


      thank you for stopping by. πŸ™‚

      • 7. stenoodie  |  April 25, 2014 at 11:22 pm

        You’re very welcome! πŸ™‚

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  • 9. AnnIsikArts  |  April 29, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Thanks for posting this memorial and telling its story. It’s a way of honouring. I didn’t know about it. I’ve been to the memorial in Northern France where my great uncle is commemorated. πŸ™‚

    • 10. plaridel  |  April 30, 2014 at 10:08 am


      are you talking about Normandy? i was there last summer, too.

      • 11. AnnIsikArts  |  April 30, 2014 at 3:27 pm

        Not Normandy, though I’ve been to all the beaches (WWII). I lived in France for 11 years. It was a Canadian cemetery at Vis-en-Artois, near Arras, on the Belgian border. My great uncle was killed a month before the end of WWI. His body was never found, like so many. He was just a boy. His name is engraved on a stone on a wall at the cemetery. Sad.

        • 12. plaridel  |  April 30, 2014 at 10:08 pm


          did you go to the essex farm and cemetery in ypres, belgium where lt. john mccrae who wrote the famous poem, in flanders fields, was buried? great site.

          • 13. AnnIsikArts  |  May 5, 2014 at 5:32 pm

            No. My grandfather however (twice decorated for bravery during the Great War) travelled with a group of comrades to Ypres – this was in the 60s and when he was really too ill to go – where they were given the key to the city. This was written into a certificate which hung on the wall of his sitting room until he died. I’ve been to Vimy and stood in a trench. It was a shock to see how close both sides’ trenches came together before the war ended.


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