To-day, Zeebrugge, on the Belgian Coast, celebrates the 40th Anniversary of a heroic action which happened on 23rd April 1918.
To-day, Zeebrugge, on the Belgian Coast, celebrates the 40th Anniversary of a heroic action which happened on 23rd April 1918. On that night, 40 years ago, the British Navy undertook an attack on the Pier of Zeebrugge, which was in that time the only way out into the Channell for the German U Boats and Torpedo Boats In spite of the danger, in spite of all the difficulties the Navy succeeded in destroying the Pier of Zeebrugge, thus blocking the way out for the German U Boats, which were now trapped in Brugge. The British Ships "Vindinctive" - "Daffodil" - "Thetis" - "Intrepide" and "Iphigenia" undertook there a heroic action, which coasted many lives, but which freed the Navy of the danger of German attacks in the Channell.
This heroic action is now being celebrated with an imposing ceremony.
The ceremony started in the small cemetery of the village of Zeebrugge, where the sailors lay who took part in the action and who gave their lives for the success of this attack.
The Mayor of Zeebrugge laid flowers on the monument to these sailors after which the veterans of this attack also laid flowers on the monument dedicated to their friends. Then the Band of the Belgian Navy played the God Save the Queen.
A delegation of the British Navy officers attended to the ceremony together with Belgian officers.
The most important part of the ceremony took place at the monument on the Pier of Zeebrugge. An important delegation of British sailors, with the Band of the British Navy, attended the ceremony. Different delegations of Belgium veterans of the War attended also to the ceremony, with their flaggs. In turn, the Protestant and the Catholic Army Priests recite the prayers. After that, the British and Belgian delegations alternatively lay flowers on the monument.