"The Menin Gate" Ieper by Suet

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Used to be called Ypres now called Ieper

We stopped off here to see the Menin Gate. I am not an historian by any imagination so I did not even know it existed, much to my shame.

It's huge. Inside, it's covered with the names of the soldiers who died and whose bodies were never found to put into a grave. It was an immensely sobering experience.

There is a shop nearby that organises visits to the Somme Valley to see the trenches dug into the earth to protect the soldiers. The trenches are cut in a zig zag pattern so if a bomb dropped into one, the blast would not travel down the trench as it would do if the trench was straight. I can only imagine that the design was changed to a zig zag after several deadly lessons were learned.

So many names.....

Lists and lists of dead soldiers

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  • Pros:It's good that we remember those who fought for us
  • Cons:Difficult to get to and no where really to park
  • Last visit to Ieper: May 2012
  • Intro Written Jul 12, 2012
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  • zschachwitz's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Worth visiting, to remember. my great-uncle has a grave about 5/6 miles from there, at Zillebeke, (Chester Farm)

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