Thursday, August 30, 2007

Thursday Thirteen: First World War

Thursday Thirteen - Caribou Monument at Beaumont-Hamel
As many of you know, my humans recently were on vacation, and during that vacation they visited many World War I battlefields and memorials in France. Today I will share some of the photos from those sites with you.

#31 - 13 Photos from First World War Battlefields and Memorials in France




If you have problems viewing the slideshow, you can view the individual images here.

Many lost their lives in both World Wars in order to preserve our freedoms. It is important to remember them and honour their sacrifice. The Vimy National Memorial honours the more than 66,000 Canadians who lost their lives in the First World War, and on the monument are inscribed the names of 11,285 Canadian soldiers do not have graves. (Another 6,994 names of missing Canadians are carved on the Menin Gate at Ypres, Belgium.) The Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial commemorates all Newfoundlanders who fought in the Great War (Newfoundland did not become a part of Canada until 1949).

To learn more about Canada's involvement in the First World War, you can visit the Veteran's Affairs web site, the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Site, the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, or Library and Archives Canada.

43 comments

MissMeliss said...

Fascinating subject, and interesting pix.

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Gee Dragonheart, not only do you teach us about the sphynx breed but WWI also. We'z gonna be super smart...

michico 小芥 said...

That is a great introducing, Dragonheart, thank you~! I have never been there before, I wish I could visit there one day.

Some said, Human history is a War history. Some said, only died could see the war end.
I really hope the war will never happened again, that is too foolish thing to do.

I love those photo, your beans are great photographer.

Puss-in-Boots said...

A very sombre Thursday 13, Dragonheart, and we can only hope it never happens to that extent again.

Xakara said...

Those are gorgeous and powerfully moving pictures. Thank you for sharing them...

~X

Daisy said...

Those are some really beautiful photos. I noticed that the Welsh Division Memorial is a Dragon! That must make you feel proud.

Xakara said...

Thanks for coming by my blog, and I knew the 3rd Edition reference would catch someone! :)

~X

Miss Peach>(^,^) said...

Like Daisy said the dragon was photographed just foryou I am sure. Thank you for letting us remember the sacrifice so many made from all over the world for the freedoms so many today take for granted!
Bravo to the Maple Leaf!!!
Love Peach

WAHM said...

Great list.

my very first 13 is up !

http://momworksathome.blogspot.com

Boy said...

Wars are tewwible!
If onwy beans were as sensible as us kitties, then the world would be much nicer!

Samantha & Tigger said...

Wonderful pictures! Wow, to visit the very places that history was made, that has got to be intense! Now we know about Canada's part,too. Cool stuff!
Your FL furiends,

Astrid, Kashim & Othello said...

grate pics your humans made.
purrs K&O

Monty Q. Kat said...

I agree with Boy!

Parker said...

Did you go to kitty college? I bet you did cause you are smart and interesting!

Kaze, Latte, or Chase said...

Thanks for sharing! The LL LOVES history, she majored in it in college. She really wishes she could see places like that. She also didn't know about Newfoundland, that's cool!

Kaze

Bounce, Lucy and Trixie said...

It is nice to visit the memorials and honor our brave Canadians neighbors. We really liked the dragon memorial.

Forty Paws said...

This was very educational DH! Thank you for sharing that with us!

Luf, Us

Sue said...

Fascinating post! Thank you .. :)

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

These are very moving photos. We have not been to Europe yet, but would love to travel there.

Yes, so many gave their lives for others to live safe and free. We should never forget them. It is sad we could not bring them all to their homes at the end. It is nice the memorial lists all the names.

We wish no one ever had to fight, but are very proud of ALL the men and women in green who protect freedoms around the world.

Gattina said...

You should come to Belgium there are also many in the Ardennes.

Yoggie said...

Thanks for sharing those pics with us.
Love

Moondancer said...

Very nice slide show. To many people forget these things. Thank you for being a voice for them today.

I have posted my first TT, love for you to come visit.

http://moondancerdrake.livejournal.com

Alasandra said...

Sorry it took so long to leave a comment. Our puter kept crashing Mommy said it had bugs (we didn't see any).

Mommy really liked the pictures. She loves learning about history.

Scylla & Charybdis

The Furry Fighter said...

thank you for sharing those with us! my meowmie went to some WW1 graveyards in france once, she said they were immense in size and very moving. i hope your beans had a lovely trip
did they eat snails and frogs legs?
xxx

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

Thanks for the great pictures and some history. Makes us want to study more about it!

HRH Yao-Lin said...

hey dragonheart. What a wonderful post and beautiful tribute. Lovely.

p.s yes, I did invade the neighbours house. She shuts the door now so i cant get in. Shame. x

Mickey said...

AWESOME!!Thank you.
Mom really likes the dragon ;-)
The word is part of her e-mail

Kellie The Orange Cat said...

Dragonheart that is a wonderful post. As a Canadian, my Mum got shivers when she read your post and saw the pictures. So many sacrificed.......

Cheysuli said...

What a fascinating set of photos!

Chairman Mao said...

Wowie, Dragonheart, that was fassinatin', and I really enjoyed seein' those pickshures! They are furry moving.

You're such a smart and learned fella, and I enjoy learnin' things from you!

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

Caesar and Princess said...

What a lovely adventure. It is good to view these pieces and places of history and wars. There have always been wars, sometimes it is the only way right way can be accomplished... otherwise all of the criminals would run the planet. how scary!

Thanks for these very good pictures.
I bet you could have handled that adventure.... with your harness and such.

Marilyn MonREOW said...

Your pictures really touched me, my friend. Thank you so much for sharing them.

Purrs and snuggles from Marilyn.

The Furry Kids said...

Thank you for sharing those pictures with us. We thank all the beans in green for serving and protecting our freedom. Please give your dad a purr from us.

Henry Helton said...

Those are very beautiful pictures. My Lady says that she would love to do something like this sometime, to go and visit places like that. France is very far from Ohio, I think she would need more than a weekend to do that.

caricature said...

War is always bad ~ brings pain and sorrow to everybody...

Jimmy Joe said...

Those are very beautiful and moving photos, Dragonheart. My momma taught a play about WWI last year and we looked at lots of documentary pictures together. It is a fascinating and horrifying moment in history.
Your buddy, Jimmy Joe

Skeezix the Cat said...

Grate pics, DH!!!! And vary edukayshunul! Thanks!

Chen & Ollie said...

Wow, that is very interesting. Thanks for sharing those photos and the very good historical information.
Purrs,
Mr. Chen & Ollie

Joy T. said...

Beautiful slideshow and gorgeous photos. Seeing those sure makes a person think. Happy 'later in the day' TT!

Denise Patrick said...

Wonderful pics. Europe has some great places to wander around. I was in your city in June - back visiting old haunts.

Happy TT!

Zoey and the furballs (the Zoo Crew) said...

That's really interesting. Daddy really likes history. Mommy not so much.

Miz said...

Thank you for sharing this images. My Grandfather fought as part of the Canadian Black Watch Division and suffered for the remainder of his life because of mustard gas exposure.

Nicholas said...

A very thought provoking TT. Thank you.