YPRES

"A more sacred place for the

  British race does not exist"

                                                                                                  

    Churchill

Flanders's ghosts beckon a growing number of people to pay homage to the 250,000 British and Commonwealth warriors who fell in the Ypres salient during the Great War. The ultimate sacrifice of those shot, blown to pieces or drowned in rivers of mud makes this a place of pilgrimage and a poignant Battlefield Tour.

 

The haunting "Last Post" ceremony every evening at the Menin Gate is a fitting finale having visited the sites of the five Battles of Ypres with names familiar as household words - Hill 60, Polygon Wood, Hooge Crater, Messines Ridge and Passchendaele.

 

"Who will remember passing through this gate, the unknown dead who fed the guns?"

 

Siegfried Sassoon - On Passing the new Menin Gate.

 

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