At 11 AM, on November 11th, 1918
War ceased in Europe.
The guns of the Western Front fell silent
after more than four years
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.
Poppy from the Somme Battlefields,
a scene displayed on a water tower
And the Last Post at Menin Gate, Ypres.
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~~~~~
…this booklet does provide similar information
in as much as it directs visitors to particular graves
in Western Front Cemeteries.
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.
Palace of Versailles…
at the back of the
Banff Springs Hotel,
Taji will, one day, definitely show
…to this kelpie’s behavior.
Then Candi will know her place in the world.
My guess would be that there were not many
…in this queue at Palace of Versailles.