Civilians, the ones who suffered most
In the battles that took place around Ieper one almost forgets what the civilians that lived in these parts had to go through. They lost everything they owned, just because two fanatic parts of the world decided to colide in their backyard. The few that stayed, often were killed in bombing or shootings. The others, driven from home and land, the people of this part of Flanders, returned after four long years and found nothing. The soil was ruined for a few decades and still every year a few tons of shells, granates and human remains are recovered in the fields and ackres surrounding the villages. Somewhere I read the wonderful fraze "Living in the land of the dead, we will not let ourselves ruled by death ".
The smaller cemetries
With 147 cemetries surrounding Ieper many smaller ones are often forgotten. Of course people who have lost a loved one that is burried here (grandfather or distant familymember) come to visit them, but we should also pay tribute to them. Let them not be forgotten and agree out front to also visit a few remote or smaller cemetries. I did and if we all do so, they too shall never be forgotten. Something they deserve after going through the hell that the world created.
The village Zillebeke itself
In your search for Great War history one should almost forget the village itself. The Flanders village Zillebeke is actually like all others, but suffered tremendously under the 1914-1918 battles in it's surroundings. Of the villages buildings nothing was left after again and again the front had shifted over it and continuous shelling had flattened the horizon here. Now the village churchtower rises and is the centre of Zillebeke again.