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The

Unknown Soldier

Of World War I

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Belgium

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The Congress Column (Colonne des Congrés) is the national monument of Belgium, located in the capitol city of Brussels.  The tall spire was erected in 1859 as a symbol of Belgian independence and in tribute to the congress which drew up the Belgian constitution in 1830.  At its peak is the statue of King Leopold I of Saxonia-Cobourg-Gotha, who became the first king on July 21, 1831.

At the foot of the column, which rises above all other nearby structures, are four allegoric statues to represent the four freedoms of Belgium:

Between them lies Belgium's Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers (from both world war), their memory kindled by an eternal flame and their final resting place adorned with flowers.

On November 11, 1922 (two years after the Unknown Soldiers of Great Britain and France were interred and one year after the burial of the American Unknown),  the Unknown Belgium Soldier was laid to rest in similar circumstance and ceremony as had been his predecessors from World War I.

In preparation for the ceremony, five unidentified Belgian soldiers who had been killed in World War I were exhumed to lie in state at the railway station of Bruges.  The five were selected from the five largest battlefields of World War I: Liége, Namur, Antwerp, Flanders, and the Yser.

On November 10, 1922 Raymond Haesebrouch, a crippled veteran from Bruges viewed the five coffins.  General de Longueville asked him to choose one, and he selected the fourth to represent all of the unknown Belgian veterans who gave their lives during World War I.

The following day, the fourth anniversary of the armistice that concluded the war to end all wars, eight one-armed Belgium veterans accompanied the flag-draped casket as it was carried to the Colonne des Congrés.  There the Unknown Soldier was laid to rest in a vault at the front/base of the column.

 


The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor to

The Unknown Soldier of Belgium
World War I

By virtue of the authority vested in the President of the United States, The Congressional Medal of Honor, emblem of the highest military ideals and virtues, is bestowed in the name of the Congress of the United States upon the unknown, unidentified Belgian soldier in a desire to add all that is possible to the imperishable glory won by the soldiers during the World War, and to commemorate with them the deeds of the nations associated with the United States of America, by paying this tribute to their unknown dead.

(A.G. 220.523)
War Department General Orders, No. 52
1 December 1922, Sec. I

Here rests an Unknown Soldier
Who Died for His Country
1914 - 1945

The inscription on the memorial tablet at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Brussels is written in both Dutch and French.  At the close of the Second World War another tablet was added saying:

  To Our War Heroes 1940 - 1945  

On April 7, 1998 His Royal Highness Prince Filip inaugurated a third plaque at the Tomb with the inscription: 

  To all Belgians that died in the service of peace since 1945  

  

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