Last night we visited Menin Gate in Ypres. We were there for the short but moving ceremony where the Last Post is played and the Ode is said in memory of the 64,000 names on the walls of the gate. These are the names of soldiers with no known grave in Belgium.
We found the final Shanahan name on Menin Gate, that of Michael Shanahan, cousin of the great uncles who are buried in France. He is buried somewhere in Flanders in an unknown grave.
We have both decided we have seen enough of the war cemeteries in that we have found the 3 names we have connection to and although the places are beautiful and peaceful now they are a reminder of the horrendous waste of life war brings with it.