In Flanders Fields – The Flanders Field American Cemetery

Posted by Pat on April 14, 2017 in Travel |

11 April 2017 “In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now […]

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The Ypres Salient and Last Post

Posted by Pat on April 14, 2017 in Travel |

9 April 2017 The day dawns sunny and warm, the sky a clear blue. The fields are a scene of tranquility. Spring is blooming and trees are budding. The roads of Belgium are filled with great squadrons of cyclists. The ducks and swans share the waters with the occasional fisherman or boat. Church bells peal […]

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The Somme – Fighting The Great War

Posted by Pat on April 9, 2017 in Travel |

 8 April 2017 It would be hard to choose the most brutal war, the most dehumanizing war, the most wasteful war. Perhaps Belgium should have the right to declare it. The Great War, World War Two, the Napoleonic wars, were savagely acted out on its flat, soggy soil. The farmland over which I watch the […]

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