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Memorial Square "ItaliŽplein"

The ItaliŽplein (Italy Square) is a reminder that the city of Diksmuide was awarded the great Italian war cross as "citta heroica", heroic city, during the First World War.

The square also has four monuments:

The Cornet Maurice memorial commemorates Cornet Maurice:

MAY THE SACRIFICE OF MY LIFE
GIVE FREEDOM PEACE AND JUSTICE
TO ALL
FOREVER

CORNET MAURICE BORN 1886
DIED ON 27 MARCH 1945 AS POLITICAL PRISONER
FOR HIS FATHERLAND AT RECKLINGHAUSEN (D.)


The liberation memorial commemorates the liberation of Diksmuide by the Manitoba Dragoons:

DIKSMUIDE WAS LIBERATED BY
XII
MANITOBA DRAGOONS
CANADA
ON 7 SEPT 1944


Text on the 241th R.I. Memorial:
LA
BRETAGNE
AUX
GLORIEUX
MORTS
DU 241e R.I.
TOMBES SUR
LE SOL DE LA
VAILLANTE
BELGIQUE
EN
1940


The memorial to the political prisoners commemorates the political prisoners of greater Diksmuide who died in NAZI concentration camps 1940-1945.

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Source

  • Text: Arjan Vrieze & Luc Van Waeyenberge
  • Photos: Arjan Vrieze (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7), Luc van Waeyenberge (8)