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Oh what a lovely war!

By GeorgeP  
Armistice Day approaches. This was taken several years ago when we visited Belgium with my wife's cousin. There is always a temptation to show WWI cemeteries in grainy black and white (see variation) but the Commonwealth War Graves Commission does a wonderful job of maintaining these memorials and they do have colour . . . beyond the red of the Flanders Poppy.

This is part of my culture. I was taught in Primary School by elderly widows who lost their husbands in WW I. I watched the black and white documentaries about the Holocaust and the liberation of WW II concentration camps. I wonder if the horrors of war resonate with the current generation or, is it is just ancient history. (Sorry for the lack of detail, but the inscriptions on the headstones face the central cross. This is Tyne Cot, where about 11,900 soldiers are buried!)

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Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2019 12:46AM
Strong impact... Amazing poignant composition.
Super image George

taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
4 Nov 2019 1:47AM
A very attractive memorial----

viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2019 8:38AM
Good to see the graves looked after. It is the very least the fallen and their families deserve.

TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
4 Nov 2019 12:51PM
Visited here on Boxing Day 2016, whilst on a Christmas holiday in Ostend. It's very moving and sad looking at these gravestones and seeing the ages of the soldiers. I photographed this same cross whilst there, but from a different viewpoint.
4 Nov 2019 2:04PM
the lead image works great in colour, the version looks a little overdone
GeorgeP 14 62 26 United States
4 Nov 2019 2:39PM

Quote:the lead image works great in colour, the version looks a little overdone[/quote

Agreed! I got carried away with the "grain" slider. I was trying for that 50s newspaper look. Sad

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