Liberation Route Europe celebrates 10th anniversary with international campaign

March 8, 2018

‘Europe Remembers 1944-1945’ is an international campaign aimed at renewing a universal commitment to peace. It coincides with the run up to the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in 2019 and 2020. By raising public awareness, the campaign will encourage people to reflect on and appreciate the freedom that veterans fought for. Europe Remembers was introduced at the Liberation Route Europe Annual Conference in Brussels on February 1, 2018 with first Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans in attendance.

Europe Remembers is an initiative of the Liberation Route Europe Foundation and its key partners. The foundation, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2018, promotes Liberation Route Europe. Currently traversing nine countries in total, this freedom trail helps create mutual understanding by bringing together national perspectives on the liberation of Europe through education and shared experiences.

The Liberation Route Europe Foundation commemorates World War II and encourages the citizens of Europe to connect with key events that occurred across the continent. The goal is to create a unified awareness of the importance of freedom. Visit www.liberationroute.com to find out more about Liberation Route Europe and its aims.

The 75th anniversary of the end of the World War II is an ideal moment to honour veterans. Europe Remembers 1944-1945 (www.europeremembers.com) is designed to salute their sacrifices. During 2019 and 2020, numerous commemorations and activities will take place in different countries to mark the anniversary. By raising international awareness, Europe Remembers aims to reach at least 25 million visitors who are expected to attend these events. The project will operate in all nine countries currently associated with Liberation Route Europe and an informative WWII portal will be launched in advance of the anniversary.

“With this campaign, we aim to bring attention to two important years of remembrance and create the awareness that freedom should never be taken for granted,” states Managing Director Rémi Praud of the Liberation Route Europe Foundation. “The project will also inspire visitors to learn about history and encourage them to get on the road and come face to face with it.”

In a speech during the Liberation Route Europe Conference, Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans stated that the need for remembrance is greater than ever: “We are arriving at a turning point where living memory is substituted by written history. Distance in time has the same effect as distance in space, as events disappear from view and budding threats are perceived less keenly. Let us use our history to teach the next generation of Europeans where their freedoms came from and how they hung in the balance.”