Tuesday, November 11, 2008
RAMSEY WAR MEMORIAL - MY WORLD
This is the Ramsey War Memorial Cross that stands next to the Police Station and opposite the Post Office. Nestled in a tranquil square surrounded by Cherry Blossom trees, small bordered lawns and benches to sit a while and pay tribute. The cross bears the names of the fallen service men from the Isle Of Man of the World Wars. Note the design of the cross and the intricate detailing. This is down to our Celtic and Manx heritage which creates many varied styles on a Celtic theme.
I chose to show for my world today, the War Memorial, as it is Armistice Day. Poppies will be laid around the foot of the Memorial and a service will be held. As the island is still quite private, and I did not wish to intrude upon the service, I have chosen a spring photo, with the Cherry Blossom in bloom and highlighted with a sepia tone which seemed best suited to the image. Later this week I will photograph the Memorial with the poppies if they are still there, hopefully.
Armistice Day is the anniversary of the symbolic end of World War I on 11 November 1918. It commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning - the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month." While this official date to mark the end of the war reflects the ceasefire on the Western Front, hostilities continued in other regions, especially across the former Russian Empire and in parts of the old Ottoman Empire. In the United States, Armistice Day was renamed to Veterans Day in 1954.
Ramsey, Isle of Man maybe small but the people of the island played their part and gave their lives too in the World Wars and in subsequent and ongoing wars and the War Memorial will always be the focal point in Ramsey On Armistice Day.
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