In the UK. Watching the Vigil.
This evening one hundred years ago men of the British, French and German armies were preparing themselves for battle. A battle that would last six months and one million men would be killed or wounded. The worst human casualty in human history.
The Vigil will be held until 7:30am, including a changing of the guard at the Tomb Of The Unknown Warrior every fifteen minutes, when one hundred years ago the whistles were blown sending men over the top to their death.
The vigil is being shown on BBC 1 if you guys can find streaming. Very emotional with readings from soldiers on the front.
Maybe if we tell people that the brain is an App, they will start using it.
Apparently in the "Mother Country" this method is used as a somber reminder of powerful events like this WWI Battle! Very simply, groups of 15-20 young men dressed in proper uniforms walk or march around in crowded inner-cities like London as a reminder of the events being noted ie battles, etc. I would assume that these groups have no verbal contact with the passers-by, but I may be wrong in thinking this. My thoughts are that THIS would be an excellent way to convey to the general public--or remind them very quietly--of what took place on a certain day in the past.
Maybe Menzies can correct the site address where it can be pulled up!
EDIT: Menzies... Please try to set it up where the photos are shown. This is too good to not see!
"We're Here Because We're Here."
I know there are re-enactors of battles, but I've never paid that much attention to that thinking it's just Big Kids wanting to play. But this......
How much more forceful could a group be than to simply march by, saying nothing, with no expression to speak of on their face? None of these boys/men were armed in any way, but it really wasn't necessary to convey the message that was spoken!
Not foolish on those that obeyed orders and went over the top. Foolish on those in charge who wasted human lives for nothing of real value.
Are you aware what name is given to those born to late to be in those wars, but before 1946 and Baby Boomers?
The Silent Generation.
Google why. It makes interesting reading.
Even as technology was brought to bear, the killing was still primitive.
An old friends' grandfather was an Allied aviator during World War I.
He took down a German plane by tossing a brick through the wing.
WWI and WWII are the reason behind economic globalization and our looming rule by corporation.
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.
Economic capitalism regulated and taxed by a democratically elected government that provides social services for it's human citizens.
Not by rule by corporation. Corporations are not people. In spite of what Republicans think.