Today we headed north. Our first stop was Vimy Ridge where we inspected the spectacular Canadian memorial, visited the museum, explored the tunnel system, and walked the reconstructed trench system.
Then to Fromelles where we visited the Cobber Memorial where John L detailed the tragedy of the 5th Division in July 1916. We also took in VC Corner and the new Pheasant Wood Cemetery.
Lunch was at McDonalds followed by a short drive to Messines where John H detailed the battle fought by the Australian 3 and 4 Divs with the NZ Div, Irish and British divisions. In the process we paid our respects at the New Zealand Memorial and visited the Irish Peace Park.
In the town, we visited the monument to the Christmas Truce of 1914 and visited the statue of the New Zealand soldier.
After our evening meal we witnessed a great Menin Gate ceremony, complete with Irish Pipe Band.
Tomorrow is our last visit to the battlefields of the Western Front.