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Stèle au Roi Albert et aux Croix du Feu

Stele to King Albert and his Fire Cross

Brussel 1875 - Marche-les-Dames 1934
King of Belgium, 1909-1934
artist unknown

Dinant /  Stèle au Roi Albert et aux Croix du Feu   Dinant /  Stèle au Roi Albert et aux Croix du Feu


Stone stele with three bronze plaques: a text plaque with a relief of a dying soldier, a circular relief portrait of Albert I and one with the Fire Cross with the motto salis patriæ suprema lex (the nation's salvation is our highest duty), and the text 23-9-1996 veterans leopold iii 1995.

Dinant - Stèle au Roi Albert et aux Croix du Feu Dinant - Stèle au Roi Albert et aux Croix du Feu

The 1914 – 1918 Fire Cross (Dutch: Vuurkruis 1914–1918, French: Croix du Feu 1914–1918) was a Belgian military decoration awarded to all holders of the so-called "Fire Card" which was awarded to all who came under fire at the front during the First World War. The medal was established by royal decree on 6 February 1934. It could not be awarded posthumously


[relief of a soldier
being executed]
salis patriae suprema lex -1918
"en hommage a ceux pour qui le risque
de mort fut le pain quotidien et qui en
contact direct avec l'ennemi ont en-
couru pendant une longue periode les
fatigues et les dangers resultant
plus specialement de la lutte par
le feu et le mouvement…"
(rapport a s.m. le roi et a.r. du 14-5-32)


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Item Code: bena067; Photograph: 25 May 2019
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