This week goes from a bright to a somber mood.
One foggy morning, three years ago
I drove over to the
It’s a beautiful drive as long as there is little traffic.
On a nice day being surrounded by the eucalypts of
the Otway Forest is just one of the best feelings.
Also three years ago I visited…
the Toronto Avenue Cemetery
…accessed is via this tree lined road.
Toronto Avenue is only a small cemetery and is the
only all Australian cemetery in Belgium,
and one of only two on the entire Western Front.
Buried in Toronto Avenue Cemetery
are 78 World War I soldiers,
two of which are unidentified.
The headstones in this and all cemeteries we visited,
which are shoulder to shoulder,
indicate that all those resting there
were killed on the same day.
There was something about
the Toronto Avenue Cemetery.
To say it had a profound effect on me,
would be a slight exaggeration,
however, there was a different
feeling about Toronto Avenue.
I don’t know why.
It may have been the tranquility, seclusion,
surroundings or something different altogether.