|Cemetery and Ossuary at Verdun, France|
(picture borrowed from Wikipedia)
At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month World War I ended and it was hoped that because it had been so horrible that it would be the war to end all wars. Unfortunately that was not to be.
I can remember visiting Verdun in France in the 1970's, viewing the trenches that were still there surrounded by barbwire and still looking like soldiers had just left them. It was a cold February day and there was fog about giving an eery feeling to it all. We visited the graveyards and saw the ossuary that contained the bones of those who couldn't even be identified.
The battle of Verdun lasted from the 21st of February 1916 till the 18th of December. More than 714,321 French and German soldiers were killed. The ossuary contains the bones of 130,000 French and German soldiers who couldn't be identified. You look through small windows and see the mounds of bones inside.
It was a harrowing experience, made a bit of a passifist of me, for a while that is.
For as horrible as war is I do believe there are things worth fighting for and dieing for. Your family, your freedom , your country.
My husband is a veteran and today, and every day I say, thank you for the job you do, for making our way of life possible.