Memorial

War Tree/Stone War Tree/Stone

Tree & stone: War Tree/Stone

This tree planted by the population of Forest, recalls our terrible years, the heroism of our soldiers, the resistance of all the citizens against the oppressor.

Belgians are always worthy of those who suffered and of those who died to be able to pass freedom on to them.

{At the top a section of stone has been added;}
Destroyed by the enemy, 13 December 1940, replaced by the population of Forest, 7 October 1945.

Original inscription:

CET ARBRE PLANTE
PAR LA POPULATION DE FOREST
RAPPELLE NOS ANNEES TERRIBLES
L'HEROISME DE NOS SOLDATS
LA RESISTANCE DE TOUS LES CITOYENS
CONTRE L'OPPRESSEUR

QUE LES BELGES SOIENT TOUJOURS DIGNES
DE CEUX QUI SOUFFRIRENT
ET DE CEUX QUI MOURURENT
POUR LEUR LEGUER LA LIBERTE

22-11-1919

{At the top a section of stone has been added;}
DETRUITE PAR L'ENNEMI
LE 13 DECEMBRE 1940
REMPLACEE PAR
POPULATION FORESTOISE
LE 7 OCTOBRE 1945

The story of the tree being planted, destroyed and replaced is touching. We find the original text (which we have perhaps translated rather woodenly) a little excessive. To claim that every citizen of Forest resisted diminishes the achievement of those who truly did.
According to the Forest commune a plaque commemorating the end of WW1 was initially placed here and then moved to ave des Villas (the northern boundary of Parc de Forest) in, or in front of, the park. Could this memorial be the plaque described? If so then it's not there, it's here. So either it never went, or it came back. Either way there's no mention of either tree. Oh, we do love a mystery.

Site: War Tree/Stone (1 memorial)

1190, sq de la Deliverance

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