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

Monday, July 18, 2016

Images of the First Day on the Somme Centenary Commemoration

The Somme Centenary Committee has published photos from the day long commemoration at various sites around the Somme battlefield.  Here are some images from the day's events.   There will be a daily event at noon at the Thiepval Memorial on each of the 141 anniversary days of the battle.  You may be interested to know that my group will be attending the ceremony on 19 August 2016 and will lay a wreath on behalf of our group, Valor Tours, Ltd.  and you all the readers of the various publications of  We will post photos of the event here.

The Day Started at Lochnagar Mine Crater

At 7:28 the Explosion of the Mine Was Commemorated by a Blast of Red Poppies

The Scottish Cairn Memorial at Contalmaison

Honor Guardsmen at Thiepval Memorial for the Noontime Ceremony

The Royal Horse Artillery Lent Support

Modern Visual Displays for the Thiepval Crowd

The Ceremony at Newfoundland Park at the Caribou Monument

Ulstermen Remembering the 36th Division's Trials on 1 July


  1. What a wonderful tribute and remembrance to those still in the French soil. Very glad the group will be there in August. What a magnificent place today, 100 years later.

  2. Thank you, Mike, wonderful collection of images.