We having been tonight for the playing of the Last Post and to say it's a Weds night in Oct the place was full. Quite moving. All those names. At times I wonder, for what . When we are led by the shower of self serving shite that we have been for the the last few decades, and that's all parties.
I've seen the last post ceremony there several times and it's still a moving experience.
The names on the walls, over 54,000 of them, are just the soldiers who have no known grave.
Either blown to bits or killed and sank forever into the mud of the battlefield.
All credit to the Belgians as the buglers, from the town's fire brigade, have played there every day since 1929
except during the German occupation of Belgium during world war 2.
If You have time for a visit, the In Flanders Fields museum, in the cloth hall at the opposite end of the town square to the Menin Gate is well worth a look.
Our Grandson, 13, has just come back from.there, also visiting Tyne Cot and Vimy Ridge.
He's not normally a chatty teenager, these days, but he really had his eyes,mind, and then his mouth opened.
He was given the name of an 18 year old local lad. Researched his background visited where he fell and where he is buried.
The way they teach history, certainly makes a lasting impression on these modern, " Seen it all ", kids.
Attended the service summer 2017 and both of us moved to tears. Several families laid wreaths. Agree the museum is worth a visit. Also did a non war town walking tour - a lot more to Ypres.
Very moving, and just the same after our 3rd visit.
Yes we’ve been and it is quite emotional. Ypres is a lovely place, we were there just before Christmas. We also loved Bruges. We visited several of the war cemeteries, it was a shocking waste of life.
We had to stay in Lille for 10 autumn weeks in 2000. We toured the area in similar conditions, cold wet and miserable, to those when the trench warfare was bogged down..
The war graves we're beautifully cared for and Menin Gate, at Dusk, on a Friday, really touched us.
It certainly altered our views about,blind duty, patriotism and faith in our political and military leadership.
" The War to End All Wars "... ? Alas, No.
It's not where you live... It's HOW you live..
We have stopped on the campsite just down to be road from the memorial gate 15euros per night. www. Jeugdstadion.be
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