Tuesday, 7 February 2017

A different side of New Zealand.

New Zealand was wonderful - great scenery, strange wild life, good walks and ample craft beer.

But another thing struck me - even the smaller places we visited had war-memorials.  I don't know why this surprised me, but it did.  The UK and Australia have many such memorials - but to see them in such a small country, so far away from the places where the soldiers fought was a real eye-opener.

Once again I could not help but think that the loud mouthed (almost aways) men who wage war from their offices never really have to bear the cost.  I also cannot help but think that this poster may be of use in the four years to come.

The first images are from Wellington's Museum and War Memorial, the next from Karekare Beach (which is the black sand beach from previous) posts and the last image is from a walk around the edges of Marlborough Sound, nr. Picton on the South Island.









I dont often post post such as this - but sometimes we need to face facts and there are no convenient alternatives. 

You can find more shots from around the world at Our World Tuesday.


12 comments:

Florida Farm Girl said...

Oh, you do know the truth. War isn't an abstract idea. It has very real and painful costs, mostly paid by the ones who have no say in whether it happens or not. Thanks for recognizing my greatest fear for the next years.

Missy George said...

It's a nice thing to remember those who gave their lives to make ours better...We don't do it often enough..Enjoy your week..

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

:(

Fun60 said...

How dare we forget what these young men did for us.

Linda W. said...

War memorials are so very sobering....I wish the people in power would visit them more often...maybe they'd think twice about sending our young people to battle.

JRandSue said...

This is a very moving post,but it makes us all think how lucky we all are in this free
world,where people gave their life's for us,god bless them all.
John.

JRandSue said...

This is a very moving post,but it makes us all think how lucky we all are in this free
world,where people gave their lives for us,god bless them all.
John.

Bill Nicholls said...

I go round many villages in the UK and see names on Memorials like that many are from the same family

Powell River Books said...

We have to remember the wars of the past so we can avoid them in the future. - Margy

A Quiet Corner said...

Memorials for the men who served need to be shared. Thank you...:)JP

Liz said...

A great, yet sobering, post!

Linda said...

It's sad. Why don't we value our young people more?