Remembrance for The Battle of Verdun: The War Within a War:

In the morning we had our breakfast at the hotel while a few went to the grocery store down the street to pick up snacks for lunch later. After that we were on our way to the memorial sites near Verdun and the other towns which were completely destroyed during the war. Once we arrived we headed towards the Douaumont Ossuary Memorial to view a film about the Battle of Verdun, the lives of the soldiers, and the ultimate resting place of a large number of unknown soldiers. That happened to be under the Ossuary itself, a massive pile of...

Bus to Verdun, Stop at Reims

Well, this may be the one day on the trip where we really did not do anything that has to do with World War One, so this is more of just a travel update. So it goes. We left Arras around 9:00 A.M, with a stop at Rheims for lunch. We had a walk around the town as well and a few went into the cathedral that was there. It was partly destroyed by shelling during World War Two, and the outside was undergoing restoration while we were there. There were many beautiful stained glass windows in there as well...

The Path to Vimy Ridge

The day started out with a French breakfast from the hotel and some quick shopping for a picnic lunch later near Vimy Ridge. Then it was off to the train station to take a train to the town of Vimy. Our professor preferred that we should walk up to Vimy Ridge as the soldiers did in World War One (sans the shelling) in order to better understand how difficult it was climb up the ridge let alone without people shooting at you.  Everyone seemed to agree afterwards that it was a good idea. Although we did take a wrong turn...

Remembrance in a Quarry, Somme Sites

Note: We are having more issues with pictures so we will update this post later with pictures we took during the day. Starting off the day with a delicious French breakfast at the hotel, some of the group got a head start by taking a walk with our professor to the local university while others caught up on some sleep. We all met together though to walk to the Wellington Quarry, which is connected to many other quarries by tunnels made by New Zealanders to advance closer to the German line. The tunneling was done using pick axes instead of...

Pack Up Salt Lake City

We have landed in Salt Lake City and as we remember all of the things we forgot to pack we would like to bring to you a piece of music from the era of the Great War. Although it is now one of the songs “definitively synonymous with the First World War” and even regained popularity during World War II and the Vietnam War, it was originally discarded. As the story goes “Pack up your Troubles” was originally written in 1915 by George Powell, under the pseudonym George Asaf, and composed by his brother, Felix Powell and when they first...