Villers-Brettoneux Memorial

Villers-Brettoneux Memorial - Villers-Brettoneux memorial in France
@lilaclady (28270)
Australia
April 24, 2008 6:29pm CST
I am so thrilled, I am not a traveller but one thing I always wanted to see is the Villers-Brettoneux Memorial in France, as my Grandfather was killed in france in the First World War and even though I never knew him, through my family tree I worked on for some years, I feel I know him so well. Well I get up this morning and on TV they are showing the the Villers-Brettoneux Memorial and will be showing the memorial service over there, apparantly it is the 90th Anniversary...My Grandfather was never found so he only has his name inscribed on the memorial...So not only have I been able to see the memorial this morning, I will be able to see the memorial service in a couple of hours...isn't television wonderful....
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5 responses
@caramello (4382)
• Australia
25 Apr 08
Television is wonderful in some ways, and in times like this proves it. I find it more interesting each year as more and more stories come up about our diggers and the discoveries that they are still finding after so many years. My Grandfather never spoke about the goings on in the war and all I saw was photos in uniform of him, which I am blessed to have, and it appears that a lot did not want to talk about their experiences as it was all too painful. These are times no-one should ever forget.....the loss of so many lives only to make a country better for generations to come. Enjoy the day lilaclady as you sit back and watch and maybe put a picture to it all.
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@caramello (4382)
• Australia
27 Apr 08
What a lovely service this was lilaclady, but still trying to get my tongue around the name of the place this happened.
@caramello (4382)
• Australia
30 Apr 08
Thank-you for best response lilaclady.
• China
25 Apr 08
I give my thanksgiving to TV though I don't like it in fact. In my mind, TV takes away the nice times of people. However, we really get a lot of news from TV. In other words, I think you will get much more recept if you stand beside the Villers-Brettoneux.
@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
25 Apr 08
Yes I would love to go there and I just might one day although it is such a long way from Australia, but who knows i just might make it one day..
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
24 Apr 08
I think that really was a wonderful serendipitous moment for you. Maybe one day you will be able to go over and see the site for yourself.
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@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
25 Apr 08
I see that the service they are going to show shortly have so many Australians there I wish i had have known it was going to be such an important year this year i have have been tempted to go even though I am not one for travelling, at least I will be able to see the service...
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@LouRhi (1502)
• Australia
25 Apr 08
Normally I do not praise the existence of the dreaded box however on days like today where it can show the wonderful ceremonies all around the place, I make an exception. I have spent a great portion of today watching, learning and sharing with my daughter as I think knowing as much as we can about this important day is vital to it's continuation in the future. While it is sad for you to have lost your Grandfather in France, take pride in the fact he was willing to stand up for his country. It is people like him who have made Australia such a great place to live.
@alamode (3073)
• United States
25 Apr 08
It is wonderful, often. I watch the History channel frequently and see surprising things by chance... last time, it was a show on Hun's hometown of San Antonio... a lot of things have changed, but we could still pick out familiar landmarks.