I know, I picked a huge number, but I was totally stumped this week so decided to browse my photos for something that struck me, and here it is:
I took this at St James’ cemetery in France. It is a cemetery for American soldiers and is kept beautifully by the American Battle Monuments Commision. In browsing my photos looking for inspiration I came across it and realised that I couldn’t recall just how many people died in World War II so I asked my good friend google and he informed me that it was 70 million.
Seventy Million. Such a huge number of lives lost, British, American, French, German and all those other nationalities who lost lives. Every single one of those 70 million was someone’s child, some brothers or sisters, some parents. All left family and friends behind in the fight for freedom. The sheer scale of the cemetery astounded me when I visited and that is just some of the American deaths, but to imagine 70,000,000 graves is heartbreaking.
This photo is all the more important to me given that we still have soldiers in Afghanistan and whether we believe that that war is right or not, they are giving their lives for us and deserve our support.
It’s not a special day today, not Remembrance Sunday, but it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t remember them.
This post is for Tara at Sticky Fingers Gallery It’s great fun, so hop over there and see the rest of the people taking part