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Australian Path of Remembrance, The Somme, France

Throughout history, War Memorials were erected to commemorate victories in battle, but today’s memorials are not to glorify war, but to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and to stand as a reminder of the horror of war, and maybe to create an understanding between former enemies in the hope that peace can be our future. Many memorials stand to the memory of the un-named dead, whereas others bear the names of the brave men and women who sadly lost their lives in these conflicts.

“They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them”

The Australian Memorial Park Hamel

The Australian Memorial of Le Hamel commemorates more than 100 000 Australians who served in the Australian Corps in France. It was laid out by the Australian government. The memorial commemorates the participation of the Australian Corps in the decisive battle of July 4, 1918 where General Monash led the Australian and American troops in a tactical battle 93 minutes.In addition to the ruins of a German trench, the park includes a series of 20 information panels in English and French of the battle.

Pozieres

The village was completely destroyed in World War I during what became the Battle of Pozières (23 July–7 August 1916), which was part of the Battle of the Somme. The village was subsequently rebuilt, and is now the site of several war memorials. The Australian flag flies over Pozières in recognition of the sacrifice of the ANZACs in the Battle of Pozières. Amongst the British and other Commonwealth forces who fought at Pozières, the Australians suffered over 5,000 killed, wounded or taken prisoner.

Peronne – Mont St Quentin

The original, depicting a Digger about to bayonet a German eagle, was removed by the occupying German army in 1940. Australia replaced it with a magnificent 2.5 metre tall slouch-hatted Digger in battle dress. the Memorial is by the side of the n17 Bapaume–Péronne road in the village of Mont St Quentin.

Sailly-Le-Sec

Sailly-le-Sec, near Albert: 3rd Division Memorial The obelisk stands prominently on the ridge north of the Somme river. By the side of the D1 Corbie–Bray road, the memorial is reached from Albert by the D42 Meaulte and D1 Corbie roads.

Amiens

In the Cathedral, the Great War is evoked by some sealed on pillars of the right transept and flags belligerent allies, including Australia, in the chapel of the Sacred Heart.

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The Great War

Throughout history, War Memorials were erected to commemorate victories in battle, but today’s memorials are not to glorify war, but to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and to stand as a reminder of the horror of war

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