Sunday, November 14, 2010

REMEMBERING

There, at the town's memorial lay this year's new tributes of poppy wreaths. Window sill sized boxes were filled with fresh earth for additional personal tributes to be added. A bouquet of red carnations lay across one box with a hand written note attached. In the centre box were two tiny palm leaf crosses. The one in the centre was dedicated in the family's minuscule handwriting - grandchildren and great grandchildren - to a soldier, name and service number given, who died on the Somme (in France) in 1916.

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4 comments:

flightplot said...

Very poignant! I shall look at the the wreaths laid at the memorial in nearby Northwood when I go there on Tuesday. Flighty xx

ZACL said...

I am sure you will find a treasure trove of love when you visit Northwood memorial, for those who have died in the last 100 years or so.

MKL said...

I've just seen a memorial in Maribor, my home country, dedicated to those killed by the Nazis. Interestingly, Maribor was annexed to the 3rd Reich, because it had a big German speaking community and A Hitler himself came to greet the crowds in 1941, something he rarely did. They killed many Slovenians in the 4 years of occupation. And we have quite few memorials. I always stop and read few names and think about these horrible times.

ZACL said...

Yes, MKL,

There are many horrible times, man cannot seem to stop committing atrocities to his own kind, whatever pretext is initially used for it.

Then interventions to deal with the atrocities, build upon the grief and loss.

It is important to remember, but I do wish we would learn from it all. As in the lines of a well known song, 'Where Have All The Flowers Gone?' ..."When will they ever learn; when will they ever learn?"