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... blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie, In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with those who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. ...
... shrapnel in a farmers field next to hill. After touring the museum we had dinner in a fantastic Belgian restaurant - I had a Flemish stew that was amazing and Josh had steak and oysters. We finished out the day taking in the ceremony at Menin Gate. Josh and the SFDCI students had an opportunity to take part in the ceremony. The students laid a wreath in honour of the fallen. Unfortunately, I couldn't see a ...
... sobering thought that so many men who each had a family waiting for them back home were killed in that one attack on 19/20 July 1916. We rode back to the motel in the rain without too much to say. Lille is the first city in this part of France we've come across with decent cycle paths, which surprised us. Granted some cities have had paths but 5-10km out they dried up. We hadn't seen many touring cyclists at all ...
... cemetery in the world, there are nearly 12,000 graves here, 8,500 of them are unnamed.
10 minutes outside of Ypres we visited Hill 60 (after seeing the film Beneath Hill 60) the site where Australian tunnelers blew up a mine below the German position on Hill 60. The site hasn't been touched since the war and is still full of craters and a pill box and is an impressive area to see! Hill 62, which we went to next is ...
... The Ramparts, impervious to shell fire, accommodated resting units, dressing stations and army headquarters including the Australian Third Division in 1917.
Next was the nearby beautiful Ramparts Cemetery, whose grounds run down to the edge of the moat.
You then cross over the Lille Gate, the southern exit to Ypres and its infamous Shrapnel Corner, which was always subject to German shelling.
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