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Belgium

Often overlooked by rookies in Europe, Belgium this summer will be the somber host of many World War I centennial commemorations. Much of the action will be at Ypres, about 75 miles west of Brussels, where half a million soldiers died and poet John McCrae wrote "In Flanders fields the poppies blow/Between the crosses, row on row …." A century later, the city of 35,000 expects half a million visitors. Most will head for the In Flanders Fields Museum (pictured), renovated and reopened in June 2012 in a 13th century building. Also, at 8 nightly a bugle or trumpet plays the "Last Post" at the city's Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, a ritual since the 1920s. A Flanders website tracks events at http://www.lat.ms/1acSODF.Flanders Field Museum
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