Remembrance-Day-2019

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At 11 AM, on November 11th, 1918

War ceased in Europe.

The guns of the Western Front fell silent

after more than four years

of continuous warfare.Since then November 11 has always

been remembered as

Red Poppy, Armistice or Remembrance Day.

When we started daylight saving time

a few decades ago, there was some discussion

about remembering ‘an hour earlier’.

On the other side was a discussion that

either Australia had daylight savings time

during World War I, or it was

daylight saving in Europe.

I’m not sure if answer was found to that debate.

Now its a case of

Lest We Forget

at the eleventh hour,

of the eleventh day,

of the eleventh month.

Today is remembered with a

Poppy from the Somme Battlefields,

a scene displayed on a water tower

at Pozières.

And the Last Post at Menin Gate, Ypres.

Recently I discovered that the

Menin Gate Lions

actually belong to Australia….a 1936 gift,

  to the Australian War Memorial

from the Mayor of Ypres.

This year the Australian War Memorial has

loaned them back to Ypres.

 

Lest We Forget~~~~~

Lens-Artist-PC-67-Candid

 

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Random Candids

Feeding seagulls at Eastern Beach

Geelong

 

Entertaining tourists in Brugge (Belgium)

 

 

 

Young appreciating experience.

 

 

 

Photographer and model in Stanley Park,

Vancouver.

 

 

A tender moment at

the Port of Vancouver.

 

Photographer and model undertaking a

tertiary education assignment.

Some people halt when they see me

setting up my tripod,

while others just bounce on past.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Candid

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Candid

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Candid

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Candid

 

FOWChallenge-Gourmand

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gourmand

a person who enjoys eating and often eats too much.

I could often used the word ‘gourmand’

to describe my eating habits…

at the start

of a guided tour/holiday.

Usually by the first morning stop…

…the sight off food is making me ill and

normal eating habits

quickly return.

FOWChallenge-Magnanimous

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magnanimous

generous or forgiving, especially towards a rival
or less powerful person.

Could it be argued……that the 1914 Christmas Truce

during World War I

…was a magnanimous gesture,

from both sides who understood

the sacrifice each was making

for their country.

It saddened me to hear that once news

of this Battlefield Truce reached commanders,

soldiers were ordered back to war.

Word-of-Day-Challenge-Glimpse

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glimpse

“she caught a glimpse of the ocean”

see or perceive briefly or partially.

Each morning of our European holiday,

our tour director would begin with the phrase…

‘...well you’ve done (insert city name), 

tonight we will be in (insert city name)…’

 

While I thoroughly enjoyed our trip…

I did feel that we were only getting

a glimpse of each city…the highlights.

The following year I returned

to Arras in France for a

Western Front Battlefields tour.

Arras, Bell Tower

Because I was in Arras for 5 nights

I think I enjoyed that brief trip

as much as any of the cities

we visited the previous year.

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Word of the Day Challenge:  Glimpse