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November 10, 2017

Everywhere Means Something To Someone…

Filed under: ENGLAND,Folkestone,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Mr Kiwidutch)

The Netherlands and New Zealand commemorate those who served and fell in wartime in May and April respectively.

The United Kingdom celebrates Remembrance Day on ” the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” and has many events held on (I think the closest Sunday) called Remembrance Sunday, which will be this weekend.

I could not walk everywhere when we last visited Folkestone and need frequent rests so when Himself and our friends made of several small tours of the town, on this particular occasion I stayed behind. Luckily I have a wonderful husband who knows what I might find interesting, so he took photographs of a couple of things he thought I might like to show me once they returned. Both of the things he took photos of are bound to a common theme: Remembrance days. The first was an iron rail fence festooned with bright red poppies, they stretch some way into the distance, but these are not real poppies, they are all knitted!  These hundreds of knitted and crotchet poppies have required some serious hours of skilled labour!

Himself forgot to get a close-up so the only one we can see really close by is next to the accompanying information sign which reads: “Everywhere Means Something To Someone”. ‘Road of Remembrance. What is now called the Road of Remembrance, was originally known as Slope Road and was the route that 10,000,000 soldiers marched down on their way to Folkestone harbour and on to the trenches in France and Belgium in WWI. At the top is the war memorial, commemorating the men who dies in battle, and a cairn, built from granite blocks. About half way down on the left hand side, is a five room bunker embedded in the cliff, which was a naval telecommunications HQ in WWII. Two local ladies set up Mole cafe in 1914 on the Harbour Arm, offering free tea to the troupes, and 42,000 of them signed a registration book as they embarked.”

Himself also took photographs of a large silver arch at the end of the long run of poppies and the text from the  information board that went with it, which read: “The Step Short Centenary Arch” commemorates the millions of men and women who passed through Folkestone in the service of their country during the first world war. Dedicated by HRH Prince Henry of Wales on 4th August 2014.” It may not be “my” Remembrance Day, but I believe that everyone who sacrificed their life in the fight for democracy and freedom deserves to be remembered.

(photograph © Mr Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Mr Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Mr Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Mr Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Mr Kiwidutch)

4 Comments »

  1. This is a marvelous post for two reasons: 1) the interesting content and wonderful photos, 2) the lovely gift by Himself to you and thus to your followers. What a sweet gesture, to take the time to photograph this beautiful memorial dedicated to all of these heroes. This joint effort is both entertaining and educational, also much enjoyed. Thank-you to Himself and You!

    Comment by Ellen — November 10, 2017 @ 12:43 pm | Reply

    • Ellen,
      I was more impressed with the efforts of all the people who knitted and crocheted all of those hundreds of poppies, that’s the REAL impressive part of this post, and a serious commitment … the reporting efforts of Himself and I come in somewhere waaaay further down the scale. (BTW Himself’s a keeper isn’t he? I certainly think so).

      Comment by kiwidutch — November 11, 2017 @ 10:11 pm | Reply

      • Himself is definitely a keeper! I should have been a bit more expansive with the first part of my comment and added that I am extremely impressed with those beautiful handmade poppies. However, I am still very impressed and grateful to Himself and Yourself too, I would never have seen any of this were it not for your efforts. To me, that pushes you waaay up the scale! Another Thank-you!!

        Comment by Ellen — November 13, 2017 @ 1:17 pm | Reply


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