Thursday, November 08, 2007

Remembering the Forgotten in Flanders Fields

Passchendaele: the Flemish village that gave its name to one of war's worst horrors
Ninety years have passed since soldiers fought in the mud of Flanders. But for the people who live in this region, the gardeners who tend the graves, and the people who lead guided tours, the past is still far from forgotten.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission, an international organisation set up after World War One to look after the graves of soldiers buried in battlefields scattered across much of Europe. In 1923, the organisation was shipping more than 4,000 headstones a week to meet demand. By 1927, it had created more than 500 cemeteries, 400,000 headstones and 1,000 memorial crosses.
An Account of the Battle with picture gallery: Fighting in Flanders Fields

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