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

Friday, October 6, 2017

Recent Commemorations of the Battle of Passchendaele

While I was in Europe in July and August leading my tour of the Italian Front, there were major commemorations of the Battle of Passchendaele, which were centered around Ypres and the surrounding battlefields. Here are some images of the various events that took place to commemorate the opening of the struggle on 31 July 1917.

Prince Charles Addresses a Crowd at the Welsh Memorial on Pilkem Ridge

Apparently the Cloth Hall Had Multiple Illumination Effects.  This Is a Traditional Look

And This Is the Less-Traditional Look

Opening of the Last Post Ceremony, 30 July 2017
Note the Falling Poppies

Authentic Recreations of the 1917 Battlefield Were Staged for Visitors

Ceremony at Tyne Cot Cemetery, 30 July 2017

Photo Sources:  CNN, Royal British Legion, BBC, South China Morning Post, CTV, and The Guardian

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