On 4 August 1914 German troops crossed the Belgian border. They soon engaged in horrific atrocities against the civilian population, looting cities and villages, making several civilian casualties and destroying centuries-old heritage. Aarschot, Leuven and Dendermode especially bore the brunt, which is why they are called “Martyr Cities”. This year these three cities will organise several activities to commemorate the events of one hundred years ago.
The Martyr Cities are working closely together for the commemoration of the Centenary of the Great War, putting together a humanitarian, educational and cultural project with international appeal. Besides this joint programme the three cities will also organise their own activities and packages, which commemorate the events in their city in the appropriate manner.