Monday, November 3, 2008

Ypres, Belgium

Ha! Got back from work earlier, so ill sneak in here a bit and make an update...well, I still have pending work that i need to do from home, but at least i got back an hour earlier, so that gives me the 'excuse' to postpone the translations for later...and enjoy myself here for a while :)

Here is a really lovely card from Belgium sent from Thomas. I really love this night view, but moreover, ive always liked this kind of playing with images and show their reflection in a water.....i like it how such things can trick the eye and get if confused of the actual image....
Well, apart from the fact that the image is beautiful, i was more touched by the part of history that this place actually portrays. Here is what the back of the card says:

The Menin Gate/Menenpoort, Ypres, Belgium

Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield, and unveiled by Lord Plumer in 1927, the Menin Gate commemorates 54,338 men of the British Commonwealth except New Zealanders, who died in the Ypres salient in the Great War, up to Augst 16, 1917 and have no known grave. After that date, those with no known grave are commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial. All Canadian and Australian soldiers with no known graves in the salient are commemorated on the Menin Gate. The Last Post has been played here every night at 8pm by members of the Ypres Volunteer Fire Brigade since 1928.

Its really moving...and can you imagine this tradition since 1928...happening EVERY single night at 8pm....feels like its something immortal...commemorating the mortal and reminding us all we are mortal as well.

Thanks a lot for the great card Thomas!


Gem from Calgary said...

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Hope to hear from you soon.

Linn said...

Bit of a late reaction but...nice card. I don't have a card from Ypres yet. That sounds like a good reason to visit Ypres once again. ;-)

I've frequented the Last Post 2 of 3 times. It's quite moving, indeed.