Until we visited the World War I (the Great War) battlegrounds and cemeteries last year, we really didn't understand the enormity of that war and its devastating impact on Belgium. I think American history books devote more pages to the second World War.
What a beautiful tribute. Growing up I always remember artificial poppies being sold so that we wore the poppy on 11/11. I haven't seen that in years. Thank you for the posting and reminder.
bonjour - I too visited Yper and it was amazing. I have a new outlook on veterans day and memorial day since living here. Too bad it will end soon.
"too bad it will end soon"Jill, has Joe received marching orders out of Belgium?
I just got your very sweet note and thankfully I am much better. I fell at church so it made quite a stir (got tangled in my pant's leg). It was somewhat embarrassing that I fled with a bloody noise but it was kind that the priest, church secretary and several parishioners called to check on me. In the future I will try to be more graceful and go a bit slower to prevent another spill. I will also be much more compassionate for those who have fallen. Thank you again for your nice note.
This field was truly awesome wasn't it ? I guess we both must have stood in the same spot. xx
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