In many countries around the world, 11 November is the day on which we remember the members of the armed forces who have given their lives in the line of duty. The date, 11 November, commemorates the date on which the armistice was signed at Versailles, to mark the end of the First World War.
The top postcard I bought earlier this year when I visited the WWI sites in northern France and Belgium. It shows Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth War Cemetery in the world, having almost 12,000 graves, many of which are unidentified. It is in Belgium near Passendale. The name comes from the nickname given to a barn on the Passchendaele-Broodseinde road later captured by 3rd Australian Division.
The second postcard shows the Menin Gate in Ypres or Ieper in Belgium. I did visit this too but the card was sent in 2005. The Menin Gate is a memorial to British and Commonwealth soldiers whose graves are unknown. There are 54,896 names on this memorial. They ran out of space so the remaining names, another 34,984 of them, are inscribed on the wall at Tyne Cot. Looking at the names, row after row of them filling the walls, brings home the full horror of war.
Each evening at 8:00 pm, the Last Post is sounded at the Gate.
Three stamps, the first Belgian and the others both French, commemorate the Second World War liberation of concentration camps. I'm not sure I care for the style of the third which looks slightly cartoon like and seems unsuitable for such a subject.
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