Remembrance Day 2010

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This week people all over Europe will be commemorating the lives of lost soldiers from the First World War right up until the modern wars of today. Rosie Khdir explores some of the best places to remember our brave soldiers.

If you want to go and discover the history behind two of the world’s most famous wars during this remembrance period then there is no place for it like northern France.

This year marks the 92nd anniversary of the end of World War One and all its history is waiting to be discovered. Here you can experience a trip back in time and follow the 40 mile route of the Battle of the Somme, from Albert to Péronne.

You can either download an MP3 guide which allows you the explore 12 stages of the Circuit of Remembrance or take a tour with an English speaking guide who will share their comprehensive knowledge of the Somme with you.

Visitors can also walk around the many Memorials that stand to honour the fallen. The Somme Memorial was erected in 1932 by the British. It is dedicated to the 75,085 British and South African soldiers missing in action between July 1915 and March 1918 and who have no known grave.

The Australian Memorial is an impressive construction in Villers-Bretonneux, with a tall white tower and two ejecting walls display the names of the missing Australian soldiers who have no known grave.

There are many more military cemeteries that show just how colossal this war was; from the French to the German to the Commonwealth graves, you can see just why these were named the World Wars.

There are also a number of museums that tell the stories of the wars, such as the Museum of the Great War in Péronne and the Franco-Australian Museum near Villers-Bretonneux.

You can also walk the wild beaches of Normandy were the famed D-Day landings of World War II took place.

There is so much for you to discover about the war and so many places that are perfect for commemorating our brave soldiers and they are all just a P&O Ferries ride a way. The P&O Ferries Dover to Calais service starts from just £30 for a car and up to nine people.

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