Fraser Thomson Posted 4 February , 2005 Share Posted 4 February , 2005 Hi to you all. As a new member to the forum here, I'm really curious as to why so many of us are drawn to the hallowed ground we know as the Somme/Ancre valley, in Picardy, France. I'm off this year, to walkabout, starting early on tthe morning of July 1st - 2005. Exactly 89 years to the minute after so many young men met their fate. I'm not too fussed on what Army Battalion did what or where. Of course I love stories like the South Africans' 'Baptism of Fire' in Delville Wood, etc. But for me, it's a combination of reflecting on their sacrifices, and a slighly morbid curiousity as to imagine what it must have been like to see what they saw - as they offered themselves to this machine we know as the 'Great War'. Times have changed so much in the world, and I can't help wondering if those lost souls still roam the land, AND, (while we are paying our respects), do they perhaps smile, and acknowledge that we ARE there, and that we're truely greatful to them, and value the gift they bestowed on future generations like myself??? I'd like to think so, even though I have no close family involved in the war, not a big believer in the Christian faith, (or any other faith for that matter). Plus, I never really understood WHY the war should have ever happened in the first place. This is the closest a young agnostic like myself gets to 'spirituality' in this day and age. Thats the reason I go there, to try to say thanks to them and what they sacrificed. Please feel free to voice your own feelings towards this, I'd really love to hear other viewpoints on visitors to the Somme. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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