Today, ANZAC Day 2018 the
Prime Minister of Australia…
Mr. Malcolm Turnbull…
is visiting the co-located
Australian National Memorial
Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery
located just outside of Villers-Brettonneux
on The Somme Battlefields of France,
to open the Sir John Monash Centre.
under construction when
I visited early in June, 2017…
and is situated behind the Central Tower…
from which the views are stunning.
It was extremely difficult to imagine
all the lives lost…
and bloodshed in
this idyllic farming land.
There are wing walls flanking the central tower…
upon which are engraved the names of
10,732 Australian casualties who died in France…
and who have no known grave.
Used as an observation post by
the French in World War II…
the Memorial was extensively damaged by
German aircraft and ground fire.
During the repair process it was decided to
retain some of the scarring.
Lest We Forget