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... from the fire brigade playing the last post to remember the commonwealth soldiers that passed through the gate on their way to the Western Front with thousands never to return. The people of Belgium hold Australians in very high regard and everywhere you go they make you feel welcome.
Tonight we stayed in Lille, France and we are off to explore the WW1 memorials in the morning.
... 8217;s Grt, grt, grt Uncle William had been a stretcher bearer in the NZ regiment that saved the town. We walked around and found the memorial to the NZers who had distracted the Germans by creating lots of smoke and they launched a surprise attack by climbing up a ladder they constructed to get them up the wall. It was a hot day and everyone was tired.
We spent the afternoon in a big shopping mall buying some new clothes!
... 24 of us, including about 10 local children, first in Flemish and then to us four in English. It is called Coming World Remember Me. The aim is to make, in the next four years, 600 000 small crouching figures in clay sculpture - one for each of the people who were killed in Belgium in the First World War - civilians and military, all nationalities. Each figure will have a "dog tag" with the name of the person killed a century ago and the name of the person who ...
... and Jack Laurenson laid the wreath, along with Patrick Gibson who recited the Ode to Rememberance
Once again, apologies for the lateness but it has been a busy and emotional few days on the battlefields. Hope you are all holding up ok in the quakes that have been happening, lets hope they die down before our return. We have just arrived in the beautiful city that is Paris. I will sort things out and be back to you with more updates as soon as possible.
... it a truly ANZAC cemetery, with many of these soldiers also being Gallipoli veterans.
Looking up the hill you can see the Toronto Avenue Cemetery, on what must have been a hard fought for slope. It is now the last resting place for 78 Australians, the only exclusively Australian cemetery on the Western Front, apart from Fromelles VC Corner Cemetery. As a special tribute to the lost men, the Menin Gate Buglers occasionally come to sound ...