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Tag: Remembrance

Very few original, intact WW1 trenches still exist

Evidence of the Great War is still visible on the landscape in Western Europe. More than a billion shells were…

Finding Frank… at the Menin Road South Cemetery, Ypres

In 1916, Menin Road was the route that Allied troops took from Ypres to the front line. Today, the front…

Finding Joseph… at the Cabaret-Rouge Cemetery in Souchez

Cabaret-Rouge is close to Vimy Ridge (France) and is one of a handful cemeteries we visited outside of Ypres and…

So many cemeteries… so much death…

The overwhelming thing about touring the countryside in Belgium and France is the sheer number of cemeteries in a relatively…

Langemarck Cemetery and the first gas attack

The focus of our visit to France and Belgium has been on finding our relatives who died in the Great…

Last Post in Ypres, Belgium

We remember our war dead once a year on Nov 11th. The people of Ypres remember OUR war dead EVERY…

Vimy: One Hundred Years Later

Like mentioned in a bazillion previous posts, this year is the 100-year anniversary of Vimy Ridge. This is the battle…

Remembrance

Toronto is a city that takes its military history seriously. As such, the Remembrance Day ceremonies in the city are…

Remembering Max

Over the next few months U-boats sank a total of 44 ships in Canadian waters with the loss of only…

Nana

It’s taken me a while to grasp the news that my Nana passed away; and, I suspect it will take…

Goodbye Nanny

My Nanny died an hour ago. Her kidneys failed and she was given only a few days to live. My…

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