"See the original Menin Gate Lions" Australian War Memorial Tip by pedroswift

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  Medieval stone lions frm MeninGate, Ypres Belgium
by pedroswift
 
 

There are over 50 VT tips on the A.W.M. What can I add? Only a specific which I have found particularly touching. A response to the ANZAC' spirit from the citizens of a town half the world away.
If you have visited Ypres (Ieper)in Belgium or if you intend to go (& it is a must for Aussies and Kiwis making a pilgimage to First World War battle sites) please note the Menin Gate Lions near the entrance to the museum at the Australian War Memorial.
The plaque on the wall explains:
"Menin Gate Lions
These medieval stone lions once stood on either side of the Menin Gate in the walls of the town of Ypres in Belgium. Ypres was destroyed in the war, and these lions were recovered from the ruins of the Menin Gate.
During the first world war allied soldiers passed through the gate to the battlefields around Ypres, where over 38,000 Australian soldiers were killed or wounded. The Gate became the site of a memorial to the British empire soldiers, including over 6,000 Australians, killed around Ypres and who have no known graves.
In 1936 the Burgomaster of Ypres presented the lions to the Australian Government as a gesture of friendship between that town and the people of Australia. They commemorate the service of the Australian soldiers who helped to defend Ypres in 1917."

Address: Anzac Avenue, Canberra
Phone: 02 6243 4211
Website: http://www.awm.gov.au/

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  • Updated Aug 1, 2007
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    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Good tip Peter. I actually spent a few hours at the AWM this afternoon myself (it about a km from home)... concentrating on the Colonial period and in particular the Boer War (tucked away in the back on the lower level). Today special closing ceremony to end an "animals in war" day.

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