By Marilyn Leach
A tremendous battle took place there to turn back the encroaching enemy.
A tour guide took us into the trenches where he described what warfare was like for those who actually occupied the dirt ravines. They were “home” for days on end for many men. Light rain fell as we walked the trough. Dirt became mud that absolutely clung to everything. For the first time, I got a tiny taste of what trench warfare was like for our valiant soldiers.
Next, we went underground, into the tunnels. This is where operations were headquartered. I stood in the dirt cellars that were “offices” for officers and their enlisted aides who directed the warfare above them.
When we emerged, we were encouraged to browse the field, but only on walkways provided. The guide informed us that unexploded ammunition still lurked throughout the grounds.
I was struck by the verdant green that now covered the dimpled fields, trees having taken root and grown into lush towers. Sheep grazed in comfort. This valley, once devastated by warfare, had taken on a new life of calm and repose. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”
Indeed, I shall never forget the first overseas War Memorial I visited. I only wish everyone could one day do the same.
Marilyn Leach is a dyed-in-the-wool British enthusiast who lives lakeside near the Colorado foothills. She enjoys viewing and reading mysteries that originate across the pond. From the Scottish Boarders to Devon, city buzz to rural church bells, she enjoys excursions throughout the beautiful isle that inspire her writing. Her dear friends, who have become like family, live in Reading, England.
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