Why “The Long, Long Trail”?

Why is this site called “The Long, Long Trail”? It comes from the title and lyrics of a song of the Great War period, written by  Stoddard King and Alonzo “Zo” Elliot and is one of my personal favourites for the way it evokes thoughts of that time.

The phrase rang with me: the long, long trail of trying to find out more about men of my own family who fought in the war; of their sheer courage, pluck, hard work and sacrifice; and above all that one day we’ll meet and I hope they will be pleased with my efforts to remember them, on “the day when I’ll be going down that long, long trail with you”.