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OT: Somme Memorials - #wearehere - 7/2/2016 12:28:23 AM   
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This was a moving day in the UK, and not just for Wales football supporters.

Walking out of Liverpool street station I was confronted with an old soldiers song, one that you'd hear on a documentary about WWI, but it was obvious it was being sung nearby. Around the corner were twenty or so men in the middle of a courtyard surrounded by lunching Londoners, and they were all dressed in WWI uniforms, and singing. It stopped me in my tracks, and everyone nearby.

This was one of those moments I realize is different here to where I came from on the West Coast of the US. This is history remembered, personified and memorialized by people who want to remember, to make sure we understand what happened. Nearly everyone was quiet, was respectful, even though this was a spontaneous performance, and it was like ghosts had appeared among us.

When they finished they moved around the crowds handing out cards, each with the name of a soldier who died at the Somme.

This was a nationwide artpiece by Jeremy Deller, and a good example of using the arts effectively in our culture by connecting people to each other and their shared history. I was moved, and at a moment when I was far from these events and thoughts, touched when I didn't expect to be, and that is powerful.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/5HXGNLBg3PyNpQQpCbrPF4R/moving-uk-wide-art-event-honours-fallen-somme-soldiers




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RE: OT: Somme Memorials - #wearehere - 7/2/2016 9:39:58 AM   
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60,000 casualties including 19,240 dead on a single day, 1st July 1916. A poignant memorial to a tragic event.




https://becausewearehere.co.uk/
http://www.thesomme19240.co.uk/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vbGk3IPnfU


(Updated with accurate numbers).


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RE: OT: Somme Memorials - #wearehere - 7/2/2016 10:41:43 AM   
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That is great stuff, thanks Obvert

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RE: OT: Somme Memorials - #wearehere - 7/2/2016 9:13:11 PM   
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quote:

40,000 casualties


I thought it was 60k.

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RE: OT: Somme Memorials - #wearehere - 7/2/2016 11:58:06 PM   
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You are correct. 57,470 casualties, 19,240 of whom had been killed.



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RE: OT: Somme Memorials - #wearehere - 7/3/2016 12:03:56 AM   
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Yeah, real blood bath can not even comprehend or truly wrap my head around it.

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RE: OT: Somme Memorials - #wearehere - 7/3/2016 12:24:53 AM   
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Yeah, real blood bath can not even comprehend or truly wrap my head around it.

I had seen the casualty numbers for a lot of WWI battles before, but I never really understood them until I visited the French memorial at Verdun. 400,000 graves stretching as far as you can see really drives it home.

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RE: OT: Somme Memorials - #wearehere - 7/3/2016 12:32:24 AM   
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And the real impact of this commemoration is that these were real people and not just numbers.....





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RE: OT: Somme Memorials - #wearehere - 7/3/2016 12:39:32 AM   
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And the real impact of this commemoration is that these were real people and not just numbers.....


Absolutely. I always wonder just how much we lost that can never be again.


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RE: OT: Somme Memorials - #wearehere - 7/3/2016 9:25:53 PM   
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Sobering to think of the slaughter that happened. A generation was lost in the trenches of WWI.

Thank you for the link and pictures. This really puts names to faces of the real cost of war and gets people to remember.

When considering this, it is easy to udnerstand why Britain and France did all they could to avoid WWII. That 22 year old Lieutenant who survived places like the Somme, Verdun or Passchendaele is now a 40 year old seeing Europe moving to war again but with two teenage boys at home he doesn't want to go through the h*&^ his generation went through.




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