Angel on duty

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Everywhere one travels in France, you will find a constant feature: war memorials in each town and village. Each displays the names of all their sons that were killed during each major conflict since WWI. On each anniversary of the end of WWI and WWII conflicts, the mayor of each town presents wreaths in front of the war monument in presence of the public.

I don’t often photograph war memorials when I travel. But on this particular day, a feature on Bourges’s war memorial touched me.

You can see standing behind the soldiers is an angel, clad in a hard hat.  The angel seems frightened by something, and it looks (s)he behind the soldiers, is there to protect them.

Next year is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI. We can expect in Europe many official commemorations by the governments.

Sending you peace on angels’ wings on a sunny day in France.

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8 thoughts on “Angel on duty

  1. Oh, what a powerful and touching post and photo, Barb!

    “You can see standing behind the soldiers is an angel, clad in a hard hat. The angel seems frightened by something, and it looks (s)he behind the soldiers, like to protect them.”

    Wow…you can actually FEEL the emotion within that sculpture!

    Yes, angels….our great protectors.

    Thanks so much for sharing, my friend! Enjoy your sunny Saturday in France.

    Peace and X

    1. Hi there Ronnie,

      It looks like we are crossing time zones. 🙂 How are ya?
      I really was touched by this monument. It was a little different than an average monument that has of course, soldiers, missile casings, weeping women( wives/Mothers) or often times, a rooster( emblem of France).
      It was gentle and protective at the same time.

      I am all for angels 🙂

      So nice to see you on a “groovy” Saturday. Take care and see ya soon, hon.
      xox

    1. Yes Bijoux; “have 100 years gone by so quickly?” I am grateful for you and your family that your Grandad pulled through. My Gradad was on a hospital ship that brought wounded soldiers from Brest( France) to Brooklyn.
      Pretty grim, also 😦

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