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... the two sides to respect these places.
To finish the day, we go to Ypres where every night at eight o’clock the community comes together to honour the soldiers. It is held under the Menin Gate arch and amongst the names of all those who are missing, the community gathers and has every night since 1928. I settle in amongst hundreds of people in silence and we listen four trumpeters play those solemn notes that make up the Last Post.
... that was only discovered recently. It was part of the Yorkshire offensive and is currently being restored. We then stopped at a place called Essex Farm. It is the exact location that John McCrae wrote In Flanders Fields. It was in a series of bunkers that were used by the Canadian troops as a hospital. The bunkers have been restored along with a memorial cemetery. At Ypres itself there is a ...
... The Lochnagar mine was the largest of the 17 mines the exploded on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Debris from the explosion rose some 4,000 feet into the air. The explosion created a created of 300 feet across and 70 feet deep. I visited many other grave and memorial sites along the way. There was just not enough time to see everything and some things were closed due to work being carried out to preserve the monuments and grave sites for the future. ...
... another good meal with lots of laughter. Thats the way you do it, be friends with the stranger, provide good food.
The hotel was fine and the staff really helpful BUT at 01.30 in the morning a very loud roaring sound that goes onto 03.30 ish and can be heard through the double glazing. As it has been hot here I had the window open and I nearly fell out of bed the first night. I gather it comes ...
... for a walk through Cambrai's historic 'La Porte de Paris' to their town square where we sat in the balmy evening and recalled our day and toasted all the boys who didn't make it home.
What an amazing emotion few days it must have been for you. So glad you were altogether to experience it.... I would have loved to be there with you as I am sure Sonia would have to but at least we can get some sense of it from your blog. Wendy
The more time ...