Hold on to Peace - Image courtesy Ira Mitchell-Kirk

Hold on to Peace - Image courtesy Ira Mitchell-Kirk

Monday, 12 April 2010

As Anzac Day Approaches

This cropped image is from a British and Commonwealth service in Cassino, but could be any service, anywhere.
The German cemetery at Caira, near Cassino. The grassed area behind the iron cross is where the remains that could not be placed in a grave now lie, marked by words carved into marble.

The Commonwealth Cemetery in Cassino. The large panels are the memorial in the centre of the cemetery, each one filled with names of the missing or unidentified.
Many more still lie in the mountain ranges around Cassino, and are being located and returned to rest with their wartime companions. Time and weather changes the land cover and searchers with metal detectors locate belt buckles and other objects, and gently excavate to see if a soldier still lies buried in the hills.

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