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Fossil wrote:

Fossil
12:29 05-Jul-20
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Personally I always enjoy my trips to the various cemeteries and celebrations, it’s a great reminder to how futile war is. Below are links to three that I did, The one from my Azamara cruise was to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings. I hope you enjoy them.

https://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/review/escorted-tour/157451-review-ww1-battlefields
https://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/blog/cruise-azamara-blog/azamara-club-cruises-memories-of-world-war-ii-days-5
http://www.yourholidaytv.com/belgium/4580349326

I thoroughly enjoyed all those reviews, Alan, and your writing brought it all to life. I have always found ‘The Last Post’
and ‘Taps’ to be very moving – and have a tissue handy whenever I hear them. Subsequent generations have no
conception of what sacrifices were made by all the Forces – nor how they were used and abused by ‘those in charge’.

Albox, Costa Almeria, Spain

Personally I always enjoy my trips to the various cemeteries and celebrations, it’s a great reminder to how futile war is. Below are links to three that I did, The one from my Azamara cruise was to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings. I hope you enjoy them.

https://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/review/escorted-tour/157451-review-ww1-battlefields
https://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/blog/cruise-azamara-blog/azamara-club-cruises-memories-of-world-war-ii-days-5
http://www.yourholidaytv.com/belgium/4580349326

London

Cruzeroqueen1 wrote:

I bet there is a wonderful feeling of peace.

There is. The second time I went was late October and the kleaves were falling silently to the ground. Mesmerising.

London

Fossil wrote:

Fossil
12:06 04-Jul-20
4512

yorkshirecat wrote:

It looks like the photographer stood in the same place and took the photo of the opposite side.

I took the photo as I do all photos’ I publish. That way you don’t get copyright issues.

Another good company is http://www.battlefieldtours.co.uk set up 35 years ago by retired and serving police officers. There are some amazing cemeteries in France and Belgium set amongst beautiful surroundings. If you want to visit one that is unforgettable go to the St. Symphorien Cemetery set in peaceful countryside, built on various levels and divided into areas of different shapes and sizes amongst by trees, reminiscent of walking through a woodland park, small copses and clearings with graves to a particular regiment. It is the last resting place of 229 Commonwealth and 284 German soldiers. At the highest point stands a granite memorial over 20ft high erected by the Germans to the memory of both German and British servicemen who gave their lives. It is here the first and last British soldiers to give their lives in WW1 are laid to rest. At the time of my visit it was a warm autumn day with the sun filtering through the still heavily leafed branches. Everything was quiet and still apart from the birds. Time to reflect and remember.

That is beautiful, Alan – I’d love to have a wander around there – I bet there is a wonderful feeling of peace.

Albox, Costa Almeria, Spain

A very interesting Where Am I Alan, thanks.

Fossil wrote:

I wonder if we ever will.

An interesting thought. Or is it that we mainly do understand but the silent majority allow the radical few to drive us into unacceptable situations.

Essex UK

yorkshirecat wrote:

It looks like the photographer stood in the same place and took the photo of the opposite side.

I took the photo as I do all photos’ I publish. That way you don’t get copyright issues.

Another good company is http://www.battlefieldtours.co.uk set up 35 years ago by retired and serving police officers. There are some amazing cemeteries in France and Belgium set amongst beautiful surroundings. If you want to visit one that is unforgettable go to the St. Symphorien Cemetery set in peaceful countryside, built on various levels and divided into areas of different shapes and sizes amongst by trees, reminiscent of walking through a woodland park, small copses and clearings with graves to a particular regiment. It is the last resting place of 229 Commonwealth and 284 German soldiers. At the highest point stands a granite memorial over 20ft high erected by the Germans to the memory of both German and British servicemen who gave their lives. It is here the first and last British soldiers to give their lives in WW1 are laid to rest. At the time of my visit it was a warm autumn day with the sun filtering through the still heavily leafed branches. Everything was quiet and still apart from the birds. Time to reflect and remember.

In relation to the photo below and a parting thought, I wonder if we ever will.

London

Cruzeroqueen1 wrote:

I especially was impressed with the Kanchanaburi War Cemetary in Thailand.

I agree @Cruzeroqueen1 – when we visited Kanchanaburi an elderly gentleman produced a trumpet and played The Last Post. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place by the time he’d finished. So many of those buried there were in their teens or early twenties, and such a long way from home.

Fossil wrote:

Sorry Steve I have misled you, it’s Belgium. It’s actually Tyne Cot the largest war grave cemetery, resting place of almost 12,000 armed forces.

I’m glad you said that as, by coincidence, I was writing about Greatdays Holidays this morning and spotted a very familiar photo on the top of their landing page and labelled Tyne Cot Battlefields, Belgium. It looks like the photographer stood in the same place and took a mirror image of your photo. I’m not copying it here as it has a copyright but here’s the link: https://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/partner/199529-greatdays-holidays

Last Edited by yorkshirecat at 04 Jul 11:08

Fossil wrote:


Fossil
10:30 04-Jul-20
4509

Sorry Steve I have misled you, it’s Belgium. It’s actually Tyne Cot the largest war grave cemetery, resting place of almost 12,000 armed forces.
This was part of a remembrance ceremony that happened when I was on a press trip covering WW1 history. It was interesting to talk with these police officers from Surrey who do this in their spare time. They visit the cemeteries in Belgium and France in honour of Surrey Officers who joined the forces and made the ultimate sacrifice. I always look for Military Police for obvious reason. I have visited many across France and Belgium and it never ceases to amaze me how immaculate the CWGC keep them

I agree, Alan – I especially was impressed with the Kanchanaburi War Cemetary in Thailand. There, too, it
was beautifully tended by Thai women, with a small ‘plot’ containing a flower/bush next to each headstone.

Albox, Costa Almeria, Spain

Sorry Steve I have misled you, it’s Belgium. It’s actually Tyne Cot the largest war grave cemetery, resting place of almost 12,000 armed forces.
This was part of a remembrance ceremony that happened when I was on a press trip covering WW1 history. It was interesting to talk with these police officers from Surrey who do this in their spare time. They visit the cemeteries in Belgium and France in honour of Surrey Officers who joined the forces and made the ultimate sacrifice. I always look for Military Police for obvious reason. I have visited many across France and Belgium and it never ceases to amaze me how immaculate the CWGC keep them.

London

French war graves/memorials are not my strong suit so without using google I’m just guessing. The Somme?

Essex UK
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