Armistice Day

Posted: November 11, 2011 in England, Historical, notes

 A Peace Tea in the East End of London celebrating the hard won victories of 1918. Virtually every family in this photograph had lost either a husband, a father, a brother, or a son, but sadly a generation later would be forced to fight again. 

The anguish of the earth absolves our eyes

Till beauty shines in all that we can see

War is our scourge; yet war has made us wise

And fighting for our freedom, we are free.

From Absolution by Siegfried Sassoon


  1. KerrieS says:

    One of the striking features is how many children there are! Thanks for the photo Norman

  2. Margot Kinberg says:

    Norman – Thanks for this ‘photo. It’s very moving to think of how much loss there was.

  3. kathy d. says:

    So many children without Dads, to me one of the worst tragedies of war: children without their fathers who they have known and loved.
    War is just hell! Whoever said that: Cheers to them.
    I can understand the U.S. Civil War and the War against Hitler — both had to be bought.
    But so many were not necessary and young men lost their lives, women lost their lovers; parents lost at least one child; and so awful, children lost their fathers.
    Now in Iraq for U.S. soldiers, some children have lost mothers, too.
    War is a horror…that’s just it.

  4. kathy d. says:

    My post line four “bought” s/b “fought.”

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