This was a special day where we were visiting the areas where the family of those on the tour had landed and fortunately had survived. Souda Bay Commonwealth Cemetery is really special and different from any other Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery anywhere in the world. Why is this so?
When one is at the Cemetery at Souda Bay one can view across the bay to where all that was evacuated from the mainland were originally landed. Then one can view the Cemetery, many who were landed now lie in the Cemetery. This is most moving and does not occur in any other part of the world.
We started our day at the German Cemetery at Maleme where we were able to discuss the actions there and why the defence had not worked.
So we had our Service, which was very good and quite moving as I had all who had their father serve on Crete lay poppies as well as Charlie, who had his mother and father serve here, lay the wreath. We play the Pipes and Drums tune for the Lament and then the Ode, Last Post etc. A really moving moment for a few of them.
Then lunch nearby and the Galatas and 42nd Street where we attached the sign that Bob had made onto a fence before heading home. The students are still not here so we will make contact in the morning.