What a wonderful sculpture.
It's very poignant, isn't it? "A war-weary Tommy sits thoughtfully, head bowed, rifle in hand, as he reflects upon the sheer horror of World War One during the first minute after peace was declared in 1918.This imposing metal sculpture, entitled 1101, owing to the fact the armistice went into effect at 11am on November 11, 1918, stands 9ft 5ins tall and weighs 1.2 tonnes.Built out of special corteen steel, it has been installed on Seaham seafront in Country Durham to mark the centenary of the start of the Great War and will remain in place for three months.Created by local artist Ray Lonsdale, the sculpture is also intended to represent Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which many of the returning soldiers endured. Mr Lonsdale got his idea for the piece after hearing a story about a soldier from nearby Murton who won a war medal."Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2643999/Sculpture-British-Tommy-reflecting-horrors-World-War-One-minute-peace-declared-installed-mark-centenary.html#ixzz4y8uQjU1N Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
AMEN! This is a very touching and important message, thanks for sharing :)
The statue is very moving; so much said without words. I try to imagine what those soldiers who survived the war must have felt in the hours after the armistice.
Thank you for that Mother...I went to the Remembrance Day service today at the British Cemetary here in Kabul. Very moving indeed with a fine but very short speech by the new Ambassador. It was very touching to see our troops in attendance.
It must be even more poignant to attend a Remembrance Day service in Afghanistan - or indeed, any war-torn area. My dearest wish would be that neither you nor our troops were needed out there. I can but hope . . . xxxx
Thanks for your advice to get my aches and pains checked Rosie - I have indeed got an appointment to see the doctor on Wednesday lunchtime.
I know I'm a little late to this post, but I thought it perfect for this special day.All the best Jan
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