PASSCHENDAELE SALUTE 2017
On November 10 and 11, 2017, we commemorated the centenary of the end of the Battle of Passchendaele.
AN INTERNATIONALE COMMEMORATION
The 2017 Passchendaele Salute was placed under the patronage of Mrs. Janice Charette, High Commissioner for Canada.
The guns were hitched by a team of six horses in turn to be positioned next to the flag of each of the allied countries at 10:00 on November 10, 2017. Then the commemoration of the memory began with the drum major and the reading of the Epitaph of Kohima. Each gun fired a first series under the command of Master Gunner Leslie Smith and after two minutes of silence 90 shots were fired.
After the smoke has dissipated in front of the guns. A bagpipe band played "The Road to Passchendaele" and Alan Brydon, the composer, led the song along the guns.
The guns were maneuvered by teams from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium and France. The participants were all volunteers. Proceeds from the ceremony were donated to the "Combat Stress" charity.
Initially planned in Belgium, on the battlefield, the event was moved to Seclin Fort due to security issues in Belgium.