Nov 10, 2015

Remembrance Day Memories - Maarten

Villers–Bretonneux Military Cemetery
Sourced: Department of Veterans' Affairs (www.dva.gov.au)
It used to mean just downing tools at work at 11:00 for a minute or so. It became memorable when we visited the Villers Bretonneux war cemetery to see the three graves and a wall memorial (no body found) of wife's forebears.  The beauty of the place belied its awful legacy, reinforced by the pock marks of the violence of the second world war.
We were both proud of the care bestowed on the fallen and saddened by the spectacle. And this is only one of the many war graves scattered across the fields of Europe and elsewhere. I reflect on the many who returned damaged in body and mind, broken souls for whom the armistice would never bring peace.
 
 


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