Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Monday, January 12, 2015

Where is that "corner of a foreign field that is forever England?"

One nominee that I believe would receive a lot of seconds is Ypres, specifically the Menin Gate.


  1. Menin Gate is truly an inspiring Memorial. One Sunday evening, on a Valor Tour, we assembled at the Gate with a couple of hundred others. A Scottish Regimental Band made a guest appearance, and after performing the obligatory tattoos, a "flash mob" of women scattered throughout broke out singing "Danny Boy" and "Abide with Me". There was not a dry eye in the gathering. Jack Kavanagh

  2. The Menin Gate is a very simple monument to the missing. When one remembers the thousand who passed out of the gate never to return, and many of these listed on the walls of the gate. The ceremony of the Last Post every evening rain or shine adds to the simple granite engraved simply with names is moving. One has to wonder what many of these young men and boys would have gone on to contribute to their countries had they survived. That question often occurs to me.