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MenoSundays; Life Lived Lovingly

I wish to follow up, somewhat, on last week's post, where I spoke of the impression left upon me by a visit to a museum of aviation and a memorial from the time of WW2.

I spoke of quiet remembrance, daily remembrance, something we can all do at some level.

After having scheduled that post, there came on our televisions a small news article about artist Robert Heard, who is based in Somerset, England. The piece was about his incredible art project called "Shrouds of the Somme". The dedication and Love of this artist in his determination that there will be no forgetting moved me to tears. There is a short film on that link plus a 'story' page where Rob tells of his motivation. It is the 'commercial' site, where one can support the memorial process through purchases. This may seem maudlin to some, but I think it would be an honour to provide a permanent resting place...

Rob also has his own website, which has several more images and descriptions of the process he is applying. Here is a screenshot from that site. Do please take some time to visit and reflect.

In upcoming posts, I will be sharing with you the visit to Felixstowe's Landguard Fort. In that fort, there is an exhibition for the Royal Marines, showing how they developed from merely being soldiers carried by the Navy to other shores into a modern fighting force of strong repute. It brought us right up to date with images and recountings of more recent conflicts and the effect upon the soldiers. This post seems like the right place to put this photograph.


  1. YAM-Aunty you could easily be empolyed as a spokes Aunty for them. Lovely post
    Hugs HiC

  2. It amazing when people take time to share and teach. Plus remember.
    Coffee is on

  3. this reminds me of the traveling memorial we have here, a wall of memorial with all the names in Vietnam war.

  4. All those lost because people nations cannot get along ~ what is wrong with us that we just cannot learn to care for and encourage the growth development of a peaceful world where everybody is cherished. All those little shrouds gives us the chills.
    So glad you stopped by our blog dear friend.
    Sweet William The Scot & Lee

  5. The shroud project is quite amazing. Wishing the artist all the best.

  6. Rob Heard's work is amazing! My grandfather was in WW1. He never talked about what happened...to any one. When he and my Grand Mother came to visit when I was young, I remember being terrified of his crying out in the night. he told me, "It is the ghosts of the past". And Rob's shrouds look like what I imagined those to be!
    Very powerful
    Thanks for sharing!
    Love Barb

  7. Hi Yam - I had come across Rob's work before I left the UK ... and it reminds me of the poppy displays in 2014 'BloodSwept Lands and Seas of Red' ... commemorating the start of WW1 - that exhibition at the Tower of London I went to and wrote it up ... but sadly won't get to see this one; it's a very moving memorial to signal Armistice Day in 1918. Thanks for writing it up - interesting to know about it ... Hilary

  8. Very sobering numbers. Led me to read more about this significant battle. With the US being a late comer to the war from what I read the help was not as much as was taught in history classes I attended. That being said, my husband's uncle died before he could leave camp to serve. We have a document of thanks from the French government thanking for his sacrifice. So many lives wasted over greedy one per-centers. namaste, janice xx


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