Belgium is a country that has changed from a battlefield to a staunch supporter and promoter of peace.
A country which has worked to prevent wars through its dedicated support for peace and reconstruction over 70 years.
A country that continues to experiment with democracy and which (often) sets an example of how to adapt its governments to meet new societal challenges.
A country that is a crossroads of thought and culture.
A country that was one of the founders of the European Union and which is globalist to its core.
A country that has created all these exceptional facets, despite the fact that its sufferings in wars could have made it turn in on itself, shun its neighbours and die.
And so few countries exhibit these Belgian virtues; of remembrance and heritage, of very close relationships with its neighbours and its visitors from around the world, whose descendants have created this love of symbols and of its battlefields which have become havens of peace, where a simple game has become mystical, and where a football replaced bullets (for a short time that has since become eternal).
There is nowhere else on Earth like this place, the St Yvon’s Cross at the heart of Comines-Warneton, a small place in geographical terms but one that is open to the world, where an audacious Truce has developed and expanded into the noble spirit of peace.
Strengthened by this ancient responsibility born of the Truce on its land, the Comines-Warneton Town Council has decided to set up a Heritage Committee to perpetuate this humanist dynamic. The committee brings together men and women who work to give peace a chance through many different initiatives, all of which are transcended by the Truce itself.