Friday, 13 July 2007
90th Anniversary Commemorations
Today commemorates the 90th anniversary of the 3rd Battle of Ypres, otherwise known as the Battle of Passchendaele, in Belgium in 1917. My grandfather fought here and you can read my post about him in my archives, dated 25th April.
The two main war cemeteries and memorials are those at Menin Gate above, in the Belgian town of Ypres,where the names of nearly 55,000 Allied soldiers whose graves are unknown are inscribed, and below the incredible moving and sobering Tyn Cot memorial. I visited Tyn Cot in 1985, on a beautiful summer's day, with the perfume of roses, planted at each of the headstones, filling the sweet air. On the panels of the wall of the memorial, are inscribed the names of 35,000 UK and Commonwealth soldiers who have no known grave.
If you're interested in knowing more, have a look at Passchaendale Remembered
or the Australian War Memorial