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~~~~~

FOWChallenge-Manual

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manual

relating to or done with the hands.
a book giving instructions or information.
“a computer manual”

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Although not quite the manual

I was thinking  of…

…this booklet does provide similar  information

in as much as it directs visitors to particular graves

in Western Front Cemeteries.

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When MGW’s cousin asked me to look up

her fallen relatives in their Western Front Cemeteries…

well I can’t print my initial reaction.

At the time I was crossing the English Channel

in the Eurostar Tunnel.

Not to be put off I asked for and received almost immediately

their names and the cemeteries in which

these men were interred.

This was forwarded to my guide while still underwater.

Thank goodness for Facebook Messenger!

Serre Road Cemetery No. 2 was our first stop

where 7,127 fallen soldiers are buried.

And I had to find one grave!!

As we walked through the gate’s arch

I noticed this in one wall.

Our guide pulled the knob

and the door opened.

Reaching in he withdrew a book in which was listed

every soldier buried in Serre Road Cemetery No. 2.

The row in which they were buried and their grave number.

That book, which was at each cemetery we visited,

made grave hunting on

The Western Front

so much easier.

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Word-of-Day-Challenge-Emotional

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emotional

relating to a person’s emotions.

 

Although my only connection to

this cemetery is via MGW’s cousin…

Fromelles Military Cemetery

…it did not matter if it was Fromelles Cemetery

or any other Western Front War Cemetery,

it was impossible not to become

a little emotional when thinking of all

the dead, missing, injured and the age

of those lying in these graves.

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Word of the Day Challenge:  Emotional

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Word-of-Day-Challenge-Tear

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tear

a hole or split in something caused by it
having been pulled apart forcefully.

This hole in the ground,

known as Lochnagar Crater,

was created after British soldiers 

detonated 27,000 tons of explosives

under German lines during

World War I.

The force created a tear in the ground

measuring 220 feet (67 metres) diameter

and 450 feet (137 metres) across

Debris from the explosion rose

about 4,000 feet into the air.

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Word of the Day Challenge: Tear