April 2017: A Centennial Great War Pilgrimage, Part IV by Roy Toomey

In this blog post, I discuss days 4 and 5 of our Centennial Great War pilgrimage to Belgium and France. Day 4 brought us to Mons and then Lens, as we traversed the distance that our men would have during the final offensive of the war. St. Symphorien Cemetery was a highlight on this day. It […]


April 2017: A Centennial Great War Pilgrimage, Part III by Roy Toomey

Our centennial Great War pilgrimage to Belgium and France continued… Day 2 took us to Ghent. Belgium is a wonderful country, and driving in the Belgian and French countryside and small towns is enjoyable, but driving in the larger cities is ridiculous, especially when roads are blocked off by construction. Most towns are so old […]


April 2017: A Centennial Great War Pilgrimage, Part II by Roy Toomey

I believe it is important to always remember what our military men did, and the sacrifices they made for King and Country. As a historian, I also hope that by remembering our military past, and the terrible price paid in men’s lives, we can avoid such brutal, costly wars in the future. One of the […]


April 2017: A Centennial Great War Pilgrimage, Part I by Roy Toomey

Check out the travels of one of our education programmers, who is a military history enthusiast. He visited some World War sites in Europe. This blog is his personal account of what it meant to him. When I traveled to Belgium and France in 2013, I wrote a series of entries about my trip. (See […]