“Now you have visited the war”
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This chapter discusses the search movement and its relation to dark heritage tourism. There are several forms of travel and visitation that are relevant to the search movement, where it appears in both the form of travelers and hosts. The search movement not only engages with the war's history, it also brings people to places they would not have visited otherwise. The visits can be seen both as quest and pilgrimage, and all of the different forms of visitation – be it during expeditions, welcoming relatives or battlefield tours – have commemorative and ritual aspects. Battlefields as sites of visitation are not a new phenomenon. Indeed, Baldwin and Sharpley point to Alexander the Great visiting Troy and the Tomb of Achilles in the year 334 bc. A proper burial is the prime purpose of the search, and identified and unidentified remains alike are usually buried at the war memorial.