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I've visited over 300 Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) cemeteries, and dozens of Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V. (counterpart to the CWGC) cemeteries in the Western Front, and they all hold two things in common for me - they are uniquely beautiful, and they never cease to move me. It is both a profoundly disturbing and rewarding experience to be surrounded by so many souls whose lives were cut way too short, in all too often horrifying circumstances. If you never get the chance to visit these cemeteries in person, I hope your virtual-visit gives you an appreciation for the manner in which these men and women are cared for, in perpetuity by representatives of the CWGC and volunteers of the humanitarian organization Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V.. This blog also contains videos of various ceremonies in Europe and Canada, with a particular emphasis on the Great War Centenary (2014-2018).  We Will Remember Them.

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Recitation of The Great War poem written by Private Robert Edward Bradshaw, 16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, Canadian Expeditionary Force, killed in action, April 9th 1917 on the first day of the Battle of Vimy Ridge (Battle of Arras); performed by his grandson, Jason Bradshaw of Brantford, Ontario. Private Bradshaw was 29 years old at the time of his death. His body has been lost, but believed by historian Norm Christie to still remain in Grave CA 40, south of Neuville-St-Vaast and Thélus, France.

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