A Meandering Life...

By Skeena

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Our trip continued today around Flanders. First we passed through Mesen (Messines) and I parked next to the farm where one of the massive underground mines had been placed before the June 1916 offensive but failed to detonate. For 99 years it has remained dormant...

We then visited Toronto Avenue Cemetery, the only all Australian war grave cemetery in Belgium. The cemetery is in a woods about 1 1/2 km from Prowse Point Military Cemetery which has the new Christmas Truce memorial next to it. It also has some trenches laid out and these poppies were growing on the banks.

Other places visited was the Australian Memorial Park near Fromelles and the Museum in Flanders Fields (the Cloth Hall), Ieper. Our last visit of the day was to Tyne Cot to pay our respect to the 11,962 Commonwealth servicemen that are buried or commemorated there.

It has been a long day, tomorrow we head south to the Somme.

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