Thursday, 30 June 2016

Battle Of The Somme

In 2013 during Help for Heroes Big Battlefield Bike Ride we went to Thiepval where they have all the names of the soldiers who died at during the Battle of the Somme.

Hundreds of thousands of names, all etched in the walls, all these graves surrounding the area, all the pain, bloodshed, and death 100 years previous.

It hits you hard.

Every memorial we stopped at, an ex-soldier said something, these words for some reason have never left me:

"As you ride on, please do silently, as they sleep beneath your feet."

No one said a word for miles.

You could only imagine what these poor young men went through, the hundreds and thousands of them, laying down their lives for us, for me, for you, for future generations, as we rode through some of the most beautiful French countryside.

I want to thank Help for Heroes for giving me some of the best memories of my life.

Be proud of them, honour them, remember them.

"When you go home, tell them of us and say"
"For their tomorrow, we gave our today."

Lest we forget.

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