In an effort to reinforce our patriotism, and temporarily make our way back onto Canadian soil, a friend and I decided to purchase tickets from Paris to Arras, a city just eight kilometres east of the memorial. We arrived at Arras station at around 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8 and waited for a taxi to arrive to take us to the memorial. Alas, hours later and after many calls, no taxi came.
For a lot of veterans, their greatest challenge isn't what they face on the battlefield. Instead, they are mostly pre-occupied with the constantly changing geo-political world and what they deal with on the home front.