Honour and ResentmentMay 16, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C
Such a tangled three days for us visiting WW1 sites. We stopped by ten gravesides or memorials and three museums. Two visits were to honour family members, others were to honour Canterbury Baptist Church veterans who never came home. They are present or remembered at Villers-Brettoneux, Tincourt, Louveral, Vis-en-Artois, VC Corner, Cobbers Corner, Pheasant Wood, Rue Petillon, Croix Du Bac, and Menin Gate. Every life a premature and violent loss. Every one of them a grief for family. Much to process about this.
They were mostly optimistic and loyal young men. We honour such life as well as the other women, children, and men forever affected by this.
Yet more than ever I feel the evil of war. I resent it. I resent war also because it only ever starts in people's minds. That is there the real battles are to be fought.
A few days of this calls for something different; Bruges will do nicely....Read more