Over the past several days the group has been staying in Ypres, Belgium. Together we have visited a number of cemeteries, the first being Spoilbank. I along with a few others, found this incredibly moving and very eye opening, despite how small it was compared to the others that we visited over the following days, including Tyne Cot, Polygon Wood, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery and Langemark German Cemetery (which was VERY different to the English cemeteries).
As well as these, we also attended the Menin Gate memorial ceremony each night of our stay in Belgium, and on the second night I had the incredible honour of laying a wreath along with Shelby and Matt. I was going to be one of two students laying a wreath last tour, so it was a huge experience to finally be able to take part in the ceremony. Representing not only our college but also Australia as a whole was a great privilege that I’m so glad to have had, to pay our respects to the fallen soldiers who fought and sacrificed their lives for others.
The Menin Gate
The last few days have been emotionally draining, it’s hard to comprehend and process just how many soldiers lost their lives in the war and have graves in each cemetery, and even more so the number of those who have never been found.
“They gave their today so we could have our tomorrow”
Lest We Forget