Today, 4th August, 2014, marks one hundred years since the commencement of the First World War in Europe, the day on which Germany declared war on Belgium; and Britain, as a result of her ultimatum that Belgium be kept neutral, declared war on Germany. Germany had already declared war on Russia on 1st August, had attacked Luxembourg on 2nd August and on the 3rd had declared war on France.
By 9th August, the BEF (British Expeditionary Force) embarked for France and the first major conflict, in late August, was the Battle of Mons in which both Allied and German troops suffered heavy losses and the BEF was forced to retreat.
Moved by the opening of the Great War and the already high number of casualties of the British Expeditionary Force, in 1914 Laurence Binyon wrote his "For the Fallen", the words of which poem are still so often quoted and recited at times of Remembrance:
"They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night."
On a lighter note, this picture was taken during a lovely TE meeting with friends in Derbyshire, at the time of the "Well Dressing" festival in Tissington where, each year, the village's wells are dressed with flower petals and other ornamentation, a long established tradition to give thanks and respect to the wells which provide fresh water for the villagers. The "theme" of each well dressing often also reflects events appropriate to the year - as in this case.
You can see a larger version of this photograph on "beta" TE here.
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timecapturer (49288) 2014-08-04 4:12
a moving and beautiful tribute to the "Glorious Dead" and one that looks so amazing in this perfect capture. This is such an unusual and distinctive memorial, one of many that have sprung up around the country to signify our remembrance of this terrible time in our history. My maternal Great Grandparents lost two sons and two sons-in-law soon after hostilities started so it is a poignant and thought-provoking anniversary for me and my family.
Enjoy the week ahead - B.
Mesut09 (380) 2014-08-04 4:15
Hello my friend.. Nice and fresh water ..Thanks for the photo
Royaldevon (36135) 2014-08-04 4:19
You did well to remember to hold this shot for THE most appropriate day.
Considering the poor lighting conditions on the day it was taken, you have done an amazing job of capturing the well dressing with such clarity and vibrant colours. A nicely angled shot gives pleasing leads.
Have a lovely day,
A believe the postman has delivered your photographs!
williewhistler (16193) 2014-08-04 4:24
being nicely composed and perfectly exposed this is a very appropriate image for today together with a very poignant and informative note.
Best regards Les.
mesutilgim (92384) 2014-08-04 4:45
Hello dear John,
Nice capture, good dedication to this important day ! Let's hope that todays rulers can take necessary lectures from those dirty wars which costed so much lives. But unfortunately I'm not much optimistic in this regard.
Many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and best regards
Tigerlily (3375) 2014-08-04 5:50
I remember this well;-)..Again, a superb shot. Wonderful detail, light and colour. It's much better than mine. Great note here..I vote for peace not for war, it's the politicians fail their jobs, we get wars...and the 'common' people suffer most.
Noel_Byrne (29195) 2014-08-04 7:27
There is fresh color on this memorial, apt for what it represents. Your composition is very nicely chosen too. Being off centre gives this depth and allows the inclusion of the gnarled old tree. The tree plays a nice part in this, tying in well with the concept of not growing old.
A cross of sacrifice has been erected in glasnevin cemetery in Dublin this week to ark this occasion and to remember the Irish who died in the war, those often known as the forgotten men. They fought for England and were ostracised by the Irish government because of it. It is hard to believe that during the minutes silence during the presidents speech, there was cat calling from outside from people protesting the event. I would like to think we evolve as a species, but sometimes I fear not.
As I look at the tv today and see images of children dying and cities destroyed, I wonder what we have learned since this terrible war,
Thanks for the great timing of this share.
holmertz (48944) 2014-08-04 7:40
It's hard to comment on what a photo like this is showing. It's a technically perfect photo, as always, but a memorial of this kind goes far beyond the usual compositions seen on TE.
I remember my mother, who was seven then, telling me how her parents were so puzzled from hearing the bells ringing constantly in the local church. Had the ringer gone crazy? Her father had to go out to find out what was wrong. He returned in a short while with the terrible news.
emka (91518) 2014-08-04 14:27
Hi John, A bit strange this well dressing to 100 years of the war. The red poppies so typical for the memory of the fallen (in British tradition). Very beautiful photo, so colourful, with perfect sharpness, nicely composed. And what are these white points?
My father was born in 1910, and the first words he read, as he told me, was WOJNA on the wall - it means war in Polish. He lived in three wars - first, 1920 Polish-Soviet and then the second.
But it seems that the politicians haven't learned from the past. We still see the photos of wars in many parts of the world, sometimes quite close to us.
WArm regrad s MAlgo
jjcordier (79295) 2014-08-04 21:17
Une belle façon de rendre hommage à tous ces soldats qui ont perdu la vie au cours de cette boucherie.....que l'on aurait souhaité être la dernière....malheureusement, la nature des hommes est trop mauvaise!
annjackman (21674) 2014-08-05 1:30
You kept this one for a very appropriate posting on the 4th August. A very fitting tribute and a first class image with the words crystal clear to read. The red poppies stand out so well against the green.
An excellent TE post.
Kind Regards, Ann
jhm (148756) 2014-08-05 5:07
The greatest remembrances of WAR I or the Great War, have yesterday here in Belgium occurred with Princess Kate and William, the King from Belgium,and a lot other, this everything paid completely through England.
John I send you, when I find back, a PowerPoint about these WAR in Belgium.
Perfectly sharp and clear.
Very well composition, nice presentation too.
Excellent done, TFS.
delpeoples (56726) 2014-08-07 3:56
Ciao caro Giovanni
100 years. How quickly those years have passed and how quickly we have forgotten the lessons of this terrible war to end all wars. The atrocities are still being committed, our fittest, poorest and strongest keep being used as canon fodder and the fat cats grow richer from the war machine. When will it all stop.
But we must remember them. I have four great uncles (possibly more), who were just boys when they were killed in this dreadful war, and whom are lying in graves in Turkey, France and Belgium. The youngest was 16 years old. Their sacrifice is something I think of all the time.
So thank you for this sad, sobering photo. Ironic also that on 6 and 9 August Hiroshima and Nagasaki were hit by the atomic bomb. August is a bad month for us all.
jemaflor (93273) 2014-08-15 23:43
A good photo about this subject, well famed, good angle et perfect colors contrast, interesting and well presented, tfs.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (23590)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-04
- Categories: Festivals, Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/80 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2014-08-04 3:47