Well, we started the day off by waking up early to the sound of not only one, but four different alarms. We got on the “coach” which took us to the Dover ferry location. After a long wait, we finally got on the ferry and experienced choppy seas on our journey across the English Channel. When we arrived in Calais, we hopped back on the coach and made our way to the Somme American Cemetery. We met up LTC. Terry (TJ) Martin, who told us the history of the significance and meaning of the cemetery. We had the chance to self-reflect on how we were affected. After self-reflection, we departed from the cemetery and started on our way toward Ypres, Belgium. While we were here, we witnessed the Last Post ceremony in which Peter and Zoe placed a wreath at the Menin Gate. This is a ceremony that has been done on every-single day since 1922. To complete the day, we all went out for some ice cream and chocolate.
Quote of the Day:
“We aren’t here to slay, we’re here to pray.” - Peter
~Ben and Olivia
We are young people on a spiritual journey that began five years ago. We are members of Old Donation Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach. These ten days in England, France, and Belgium are a culmination of our study of the Christian faith. We are on a pilgrimage of exploration and discernment as we approach the sacrament of Confirmation in the Fall.