This is a re-post from November 11, 2012. It is the best that I can do in attempting to say, Thank You, to all the service people who have served our country, past and present. I just wish that there no need of war. Maybe that day will come.
Today is a day to remember and to pay honour to those who fought for us, for those who were wounded for us and to those who died for us. War is an unimaginable hell for those who have never experienced it. For all of the veterans, to those who are living and to those who have died, I say to you, Thank You.
I have cycled throughout Belgium, Holland, France, Italy and a small part of Germany. Cycling allows you to see things that don’t register with you if you were in a car or on a train. It allowed me to see a number of the battlefields of the First and Second World Wars. I have been to Passchendale, where my Grandfather was wounded, and have listened to The Last Post at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium. At a Stella Artois pension where I stayed one night in Albert, France, I met a British gentleman by the name of Knobby Clarke. He was a WWII veteran who had won the Victoria Cross. He was there with 3 other British WWII vets visiting the old battlefields. I cannot imagine what they went through. I have been to Vimy Ridge, Dunkirk, Dieppe, Caen and towns such as Arras and Amiens. I have paid my respects at many of the military cemeteries to the fallen, of both sides, that are dotted across the landscape of Europe. I have been to Anne Frank’s home in Amsterdam. It is humbling.
For all of those who have served, and for those who are serving your country now, we do not forget what you give, or what you have sacrificed, for us. We can only honour you and the sacrifices that you have made on our behalf.
To all those who have served, I humbly say, Thank you.
Ypres Salient, Belgium
Chateau Wood,Ypres, Belgium 1917