The Roger Raveel Walk – The Monument and The Tree

Before we came to Machelen-aan-de-Leie, I had never heard about the place. And when you arrive there, it is hard to imagine that such a small village has a lot to offer when it comes to history, culture and nature.

One of the first interesting stops on the Roger Raveel Walk is situated in the Dorpsstraat.

In the middle of the street you can see a small square with a monument and a tree. The monument was erected in 1919 to commemorate the victims who had died in World War I and the tree, which stands for freedom, was planted then as well. After World War II the names of the victims of that war were added on the monument.

The sculpture refers to Hercules who frees himself from his shackles, just like Belgium did after two World Wars. And just like Hercules looks forward to a better future, Belgium did that too after two terrible wars.

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