Recreational walking route Remember WW I

Gone West Light Front route

BE | | 88.8 km

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Author: Remember WW I

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The Gone West Light Front route is a hiking trail following the front line of World War I in October 1914. It goes from the border of Belgium/France to Nieuwpoort. On 17 October 2014, GoneWest organised a large participatory event with the name of Light Front. 8,4000 participants were selected.

The English expression ‘to go west’ refers to dying, but through the Great War, the expression acquired a more explicit meaning. The Allied forces, occupying the Western Front, literally brought their dead and wounded to the west. Moreover, the war also moved from east to west throughout Belgium as a result of the German invasion in 1914.

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