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TuesInspiration...They shall not be consigned to oblivion.

The GreatWar 1914-1918
In Flanders Fields

by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

The Brooding Soldier… the Canadian Memorial to those men who were gassed.

This memorial is both imposing and overpowering.
A plaque at the foot of the memorial reads “This column marks the battlefield where 18,000 Canadians on the British left withstood the first German gas attacks (from) the 22-25 April 1915. 2,000 fell and lie buried nearby.”

Essex Farm Cemetery where John McCrae wrote his famous poem “In Flanders Fields”. A young boy soldier of only 15 years is buried here too.

A German cemetery…Langemark, where the lifesize bronze statue of four mourning soldiers, by the Munich sculptor Professor Emil Krieger, was placed at the upper end.

Now a beauty spot where children paddle a canoe…this was a massive crater called:
Lone Tree (Spanbroekmolen Mine) Crater

In 1917 it was created by the mine that killed the Irish.

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    • # Vivienne

      Great Ti, I can remember my mum telling me how my grandad volunteered and got in the army at 14! When he got over to France him and his pal didn`t like it so fessed up that they were only 14 and could they go home please. No such luck, but at least he came back. :-0))

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    • # Brenda Nelson

      I have LOVED your last two posts, Marilyn - these photos with this poem are breath-taking. I'm typing through tears. Thanks to posts like yours, they will never be "TI". So many from all sides of the war who gave their lives - so we could be a united community on Photoblog today!

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    • # Gillian Parsons

      Sombre thoughts but we must NEVER forget those people who gave us the chances to experience how we live today. Such a shame people all over the world seem to forget so easily the value of peace.

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    • # Moira

      Excellent for the not to be " Ti " soldiers.
      I'll need to find something else now you have "pinched" my idea

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    • # Maiken

      The pics are excellent and so the poem.
      I agree: They shall not be consigned to oblivion!

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    • # Amanda-Jane

      Powerful set. I especially like 3 & 5, wonderful compositions. I remember that poem well from when I was a girl. We used to recite the poem on Remembrance Day in Canada. Beautiful post Marilyn.

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