This year marks the hundredth anniversary of World War 1.
Earlier this year, Mr Munro and I visited Flander’s Fields in Belgium. It was a sobering and emotional experience seeing Tyne Cot, the Commonwealth war cemetery, and also the Menin Gate Memorial. There are so many unmarked graves at Tyne Cot—all from Commonwealth countries. The Menin Gate memorial commemorates 55,000 men who died and do not have graves. So many names, many of them very young. Just heart-breaking.
Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium
A few of the many headstones. Some have names while others show the country with the name unknown.
The cemetery is beautifully kept.
This is the Menin Gate memorial. The Last Post is played here every night and our guide said the crowds get bigger every year.
Menin Gate again.
This is a shot of the interior of the gate and some of the 55000 names engraved into the walls.
Tonight we watched a new TV series called ANZAC Girls. It’s set during the time of the Gallipoli campaign. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to watch it, because I knew it would pull at the heartstrings. The series focuses on the nurses who traveled from Australia and New Zealand and who worked on hospital ships off Gallipoli or in Cairo. The show is based on fact and is fairly graphic and real when it comes to the medical scenes. I thought the first show was good and time will tell if I can make it through the entire series.
There’s no good age to go to war. But its so sad that we send boys, still in their teens, to fight.
Yes, it would be a better world if we didn’t have wars.
That’s so sad.
It was an emotional place to visit.