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First trip to the battle fields

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Don

My First ever trip to the Flanders battle fields was very emotional and interesting.

I have read lots of books on the subject and was looking forward to it.

what really impressed me  was how well memorials and graves are kept.

They are a place of thought and remembrance and peace.

here are some pics that stood out for me

Hill 60 brought it home to me of the carnage and sarcrifice of the War

 

Gerry

 

 

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Ron Clifton

My experience of one particular WW2 cemetery is that when I and friends visited in March one year, the whole cemetery was immaculate, including the pathway from the road, even though the signatures in the visitors' book showed no entries between our visit and the previous October. Furthermore, when I visited the same cemetery three months later, when travelling with another group, the wreath which my friends and I had laid in March was still on the grave.

 

The dedication of the CWGC staff is outstanding.

 

Ron

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Don

The CWG have to be admired for the dedication and reverence on the upkeep of the graves 

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Don

poppies growing in the Essex Farm Trench

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Steviebullsatatter

It's really incredible..the job the cwg do year after year..all to keep these peoples memory alive.

You'll be back there before too long..

Lovely photos 

Steve 

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Kingygirl22
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Hi Don

So pleased you have found your way to Flanders.  I started with one visit and have been going back to both The Somme and Flanders areas at least twice a year for over two decades now.

I am always impressed with the amazing dedication of those who work for the CWGC and who do so much more over and above keeping the cemeteries in such immaculate condition throughout the year.  I am looking forward to visiting the new CWGC visitor centre at Arras as soon as time permits. 

Good pictures. Where was the third one taken? 

 

 

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AOK4

That's Yorkshire Trench.

 

Jan

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Don
On 21/06/2019 at 15:34, Don said:

My First ever trip to the Flanders battle fields was very emotional and interesting.

I have read lots of books on the subject and was looking forward to it.

what really impressed me  was how well memorials and graves are kept.

They are a place of thought and remembrance and peace.

here are some pics that stood out for me

Hill 60 brought it home to me of the carnage and sarcrifice of the War

 

Gerry

 

 

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This was the path to Hill 60 

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Don

One last one 

The bunker at hill 60

thanks for your kind comments and indeed I will plan more visits

Gerry

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Michael Thomson

The CWGC does such wonderful work...each of the hundreds of cemeteries is immaculately kept, lovingly and respectfully tended and in so doing, each man who served and died is remembered every day through the CWGCs service. 

 

Great photos by the way. I was particularly impressed by the bunker. I've been to the Somme several times and Flanders is next on my list to visit so your photos have whetted my apetite!

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