January 22nd, 2011

Behind again


I had several ideas about what do for this challenge--for challenge it seemed to be. But this morning I went to a war memorial close to where I live, and that made up my mind.

The memorial is in a local cemetery. I drive by it at least once a week--but like me I think most people either don't know it's there or don't know what it is.

The dedication on the memorial tower reads: "The Chimes Tower Lighted Cross, hereby dedicated in proud tribute to our veteran dead whose final resting places shall forever remain known but to their God. May 30, 1953"

Surrounding the tower are hundreds of white gravestones; those buried there participated in the Korean War, Vietnam War and the Spanish American War as well as WWI and WWII. I'll let the picture speak for itself. I've a few more photos that I'll post over on my journal if anyone cares to hop over for a looksee.

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I was hoping to take a photo of the local ANZAC Memorial, but it has been an insanely busy week and I haven't had a chance to get out there, so here's a photo I took a couple of years ago. We have precious little history here in Australia, so we greatly value what little we do have. Our local Council has a series of 'Heritage Trails' which highlight our early settlers and some rather out of the way and quite interesting local area history.  This is the plaque for the adorable little church down the road which is still in use, although I am sure the minister is glad that this is still a quite rural area and he only has a small congregation, as I don't think it would seat all that many people.

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notes from a small island

Week 3 - Honour.

I have thought of a few possible pictures for this - I even went this morning and took two, especially - and then, as I was looking for something else, I found these on file from last spring, never posted anywhere - and thought they would be even better.

This is a memorial stone erected in honour of four young American pilots who flew with the RAF and died on the same day in 1941, in tragic circumstances. There is a close-up of the description below the cut, and a link to an article about them. I thought American community members might like to see that their countrymen are remembered in such a beautiful, and peaceful, spot.

Honouring American pilots of the RAF

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