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Arrived at the Menin Gate at 6:45 for the ceremony. Just as well because we got the prime position, but it didn't take long for hundreds more to arrive. The ceremony is held every night to an audience of at least 1000.Back to St Arnoldus' café again for dinner - check photos.
Left at 9:30 Wed morning to view Pashendale battlefields, where the Commonwealth forces ...
... 5th Division memorial. Again, you can't help but be moved by the size of the cemetery, and the number of unidentified graves. A striking aspect of this cemetery is that it is located just across the road from another, much smaller cemetery which lies in its original position. Most of the larger cemeteries were constructed after the war by the Imperial (later Commonwealth) War Grave Commission (which maintains them in an immaculate condition to this day) and are well planned ...
Today we began the day with a visit to the Flanders fields memorial museum which was an interactive and educational experience. The museum provided us with the opportunity to learn about the lives of the soldiers in the war. It was an eye opening experience and I learnt many things which I hadn't previously known. The interactive museum created a hands on, interesting experience which I thoroughly enjoyed. Following this visit we ...
... a real eye opener. With 12,000 graves, the sacrifice that was made during the wars became so real, and was pretty overwhelming. The cemetery at Polygon Wood, which we also visited, had the same effect. I also had a quick look in the register of all graves in the first cemetery, and crazily enough I found 10 Upton's. We then travelled to Hill 60. Unfortunately we weren't given much information about this landmark, but it has motivated me to watch the movie 'Beneath Hill ...
... young men came for treatment and many died.
The day is unlike any other. I am on a tour with 12 others, all from countries that make up the allied forces. In a bus we crisscross the 12 kilometers between Passchendaele and Ypres where a century ago, half a million soldiers died.
I think that is the first thing that strikes me. Thousands of men spent four years fighting over the same 12 kilometers. Now there is a beautiful corduroy ...