I just cannot leave the Western Front without one more post. I’ve been going through my journal that covers this particular trip and have just come across pages of epitaphs I had documented. Once again those feelings return. I remember walking along the gravestones, many unknown, I can hear the bees, feel the warmth of the sun and the cold of the stone block where I sat teary and emotionally exhausted after I had finished transcribing the messages that had caught my eye.
11 April 2009 – A place that will never forget the Australians
“We found the place from where the unknown soldier was taken and is now in Canberra – very emotional moment.”
From here we visited the L’Ecole Victoria. A school dedicated to remembering our diggers from the Great War. I peered in through the windows as the school was closed that day, to find beautifully coloured drawings of Australian animals. The artwork continues on the external walls and a great big sign oversees the playground “DO NOT FORGET AUSTRALIA”. Every classroom looks out onto this sign. ❤️ Never. Ever. Forget.
We then visit Viller’s Memorial to pay our respects.
The epitaphs …
“Time passes but memory clings until we meet again”
“Your memory like the ivy clings”
“A nation’s gain. A parent’s loss. A sad bride. ‘Neath the Southern Cross”
“He has fought the good fight”
“Think what a man should be. He was all that”
“He died that we may live”
“Peace, perfect peace”
Lest we forget 🌺
Thanks for reading 🙂