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... of Arras by the allies on 7th September 1944. There was a large fair and a firework display in the squares..
At just after midnight and there being no obvious signs of any taxi's being available, we managed to 'blag' the chef at the restaurant we had been eating and drinking at, for a lift back to the hotel as walking back wasn't fancied by any of us.
Mileage - 94 (including the unscheduled tour of Calais)
Total mileage - 302
... museum. I am not sure why but it did cause a moment of reflection that only by virtue of when I was born...I didn't have to go through what those poor sods did...not fair but I am sure lucky for it. War for nationhood is definitely debatable....just death for the youth (male not sure why the ladies want the right to die for country but so be it). Interesting stat I read...Canada had one of the highest injury/death percentages....56%.....others were around ...
... heard from again: "He is not missing. He is here."
We joined hundreds of people from around the world to witness the ceremony that has occurred every evening at 8 p.m. since 1927, interrupted only by the WW II German occupation. The multilingual buzz in the crowd hushed, and even the small children on their fathers' shoulders fell silent. An honor guard bugled "The Last Post," a bagpiper skirled ...
... we passed by some shops and I bought Belgian chocolate and some Ypres souvenirs.
One more story about Ypres past: in the 1400 it was a linen trade city. With all the linens came mice and rats. To rid the city of the pests, a lot of cats were brought in. After the cats did their job, they became the new plague. To rid the city of the plague of cats, they threw them off the top of the tallest church bell tower. It is now referred to as the City of Cats.
... happen all over the world. It is here, where men marched to die. The battlefields are just down the road. It was indescribable. There was silence, and the crowd murmured as one, "and at the going down of the sun, we will remember them." Due to the holiday, there was an extended ceremony, and wreaths were laid. Then, the Flanders Memorial pipe and drum band played. It was at this point that the lady next to me started sniffing, and I felt a tear run down ...