What a day.
We started off by visiting the spot where John Macrae wrote the famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ and we were shocked to discover that in the same cemetery was buried a 14 year old boy, who must’ve been 13 when he joined up.
We then retraced the steps of the soldiers who fought at Paschendale, led by the pipes and drums of PL to our biggest British military cemetery of the trip. Tynecot Cemetery is overwhelming in scale and our visit was made all the more emotional by the PL pipers playing Highland Cathedral.
After lunch we visited our only German cemetery of the experience, Langermark. The largest of the few German Military Cemeteries on the front. We followed this with our formal entry into Ypres and some time to ourselves.
Tonight came the culmination, and for many, the highlight of the experience. We not only attended, but also participated in, the nightly remembrance ceremony at the Menin Gate. Dollar played the Flowers of the Forest beautifully during the public ceremony, and we returned later for our own private ceremony.
It’s been such a powerful experience which has given us all a lot to think about…but for now we’re getting ready to head home tomorrow…