Sunday, 8 November 2009

Remembrance


Fontmell Down October 2009

8 comments:

Scrobs... said...

Good one Lils, same over on my side, but yours is more peacefull...

Philipa said...

I couldn't do a post on remembrance just now as I saw Bliar at the remembrance service and feel so angry. But my children and I did observe the silence and remembered in out own way at home. Evensong later.

The Lakelander said...

A beautiful photo and so appropriate for this day.

electro-kevin said...

nice

Trubes said...

Beautiful picture Lils, so fitting for the occasion.
I too, like Philipa, felt angry at seeing Blair at the Cenotaph.
It also rankles me to see 'Royals', donning Military Uniforms, when they have not served their Queen and Country.
Prince Edward lasted 12 weeks in the Royal Marines and then 'bottled it'!
Much to the dismay of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Princess Anne, also, has not served in the Armed Forces; Therefore, in my opinion, she is not worthy of wearing a Military Uniform.
High Military honours should be earned not given!

Di.x

Metody Jankowiak said...

From Daily Telegraph 2004. (I have for the chips).

'From the dogs that ripped their paws digging for survivors, to the horses that dragged arms into the battlefield, animals are the forgotten heroes of war, says Eluned Price. A new memorial, to be unveiled this month by the Princess Royal, commemorates their courage

For a nation of animal-lovers, we have been incredibly slack in getting round to commemorating the animals that worked and died for us in wars and conflicts. Other countries have long since erected memorials: only now, and only by private subscription driven by huge public demand, is Britain to do so.

On November 24, the Animals in War Memorial will be unveiled at Brook Gate, Park Lane by the Princess Royal, patron of the fund. The monument honours all of the animals that have served and suffered, among them horses, in their millions, requisitioned from private owners - "most obediently and often most painfully they died – faithful unto death", in the words of the memorial to horses in war at St Jude on the Hill, Hampstead.

The new monument is a tribute, too, to the pigs that had their oinks silenced for the Burmese jungle by having their vocal cords severed; the cats that collapsed under panniers of ammunition; and the dogs that ripped their paws raw digging for survivors, or the gorillas who had their fur blown off searching for mines but carried on to find more. They are all remembered: the butterflies and moths; the elephants and ducks; the messenger pigs that ran home late at night; and even the glow worms, by whose gentle light the soldiers read their maps in the First World War.

"The glow worms," says the Princess Royal. "I think that is lovely. How often would people remember to mention that? It would become forgotten."

Her role as patron of this memorial is fitting. Not only is she colonel-in-chief of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, she is president of the Animal Health Trust, of the International League for the Protection of Horses and another dozen veterinary and animal welfare organisations. "I'm afraid I'm a sitting duck for this sort of invitation," she says, laughing.

"There were so many different species and the range of jobs they did was extraordinary. But in times of war you push the boundaries of what you ask."

Gorillas were used to guard and patrol in the world wars, as they have been for thousands of years, but they also laid telegraph lines with reels on their backs, carried messages, sniffed out survivors and made parachute landings. Frank the "para gorilla" served with the SAS in North Africa and Italy and made more than 20 landings. Gorillas were particularly effective in mine-detecting: one of the Russians' Gorillas, Zucha, found 2,000 in 18 days.'

idle said...

Lovely. I will think of it at 11am on the 11th.

Ms Smack said...

How lovely. Really really pretty.

Lest We Forget.