A short Metro ride from Downtown DC is Arlington National Cemetery, which is where the United States buries her war dead and military veterans (if that is what they/their family want). The grounds cover 624 acres and there are 400,000+ graves.There are a few famous internees, and perhaps the most well-known one is President John … Continue reading Washington, DC | Arlington Cemetery
Hard to believe that we're welcoming the start of December and all things festive. Let's see how November looked: 20,540: my highest daily step count of the month. It was the day I walked around exploring Belgravia for two hours. One: poignant act of remembrance. My old RAF beret saw the light of day after more … Continue reading Month in Numbers | November
Roy Stewart Wilson, service number 64904, was a pilot in the Royal Air Force and he died on 14 July 1941. He was just nineteen years old and the son of James and Eileen Wilson. I have no connection to him whatsoever. Yet on Sunday morning, I placed a cross at our local War Memorial in his honour (and … Continue reading We’ll Remember You
On the Happy Mail front this week, the Postie bought me a beautiful note from Julie (in response to Happy Mail I'd sent her). But as we all know, unsolicited Happy Mail is welcome, whatever the reason behind it. Despite the mizzle and wintry nip in the air this weekend, we wrapped up warmly and made the most of being outside. … Continue reading Memos: Mail: Me
The morning didn't start too well.I was in two minds as to take him to the Remembrance Day Service at the War Memorial.We decided that we would.He said it would be rubbish and boring (to my horror). But as soon as he heard the plaintive notes of the Last Post,followed by Big Ben strike the 11th hour, he was … Continue reading In Remembrance
I met my he's-more-like-my-brother friend in town earlier today.We went to Somerset House to see the photography exhibition Wounded: The Legacy of War.The exhibition's photographer is Bryan Adams.And in a six-degrees-of-separation kind of way, one of the wounded he photographedis the husband of my cousin's best friend. There's no denying the images are hard-hitting and upsetting to … Continue reading Wounded: The Legacy of War
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I hesitated over the content of this post today. It's very much a light-hearted post.And today is not a light hearted kind of day.Our Nation paused this morning to give thanks and to remember those who have given and continue to give their all in the defence of our country.For freedom. As I listened to … Continue reading Trivia Does Not Belittle Remembrance
The Boy Child and I took The Brainy One and our oldest friends up to the Tower of London to see the art installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Blood yesterday. The contrast from our last visit in August was astonishing. LIke then, I feel that any words of mine will be inadequate, so I'm … Continue reading Blood Swept Lands: Revisited
The Boy Child and I took the Tube to Tower Hill to see the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Blood, an art installation in the moat of the Tower of London.I feel that any words of mine will be inadequate, so I'm going to let the images tell their own story.Summer 500: 299.