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When we left Bruges to drive to Brussels we detoured through a few of the memorials to WW1.
We started at Menin Gate in Ypres. This is a memorial to all commonwealth soldiers from WW1 that died with no known grave although it does not inlcude NZ or New Foundland's lost. Also they ran out of room for all the UK names so a number of these are listed at Tyne Cot Cemetary instead which is where the NZ ones are.
The memorial is ...
... the vast numbers of war dead so much more real and comprehensible when you see all the headstones, the lists of thousands upon thousands of names & you see the gratitude of the local people & the esteem which they still hold for those countries & to the efforts of the men from these often far off places. Rest assured the bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. ...
... 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 ...
... the poppies blow, Between the crosses, row on row... --------------------------------------- ------------ And so the poem goes on, written by John McCrae, a Canadian doctor at Ieper (French - Ypres) who wrote it on the death of his best friend Alexis Helmer, killed in action in 1915. It's not until you see the huge WWI cemeteries that the full enormity and tragedy of what occurred sinks in. I walked around Tyne Cot Cemetery, containing the graves ...
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