Monday, December 02, 2013

The Promenade de Verdun

A government press release refers to the sacred soil of the First World War battlefields:  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/flanders-soil-arrives-in-britain

My thoughts went back to the summer when I walked around Purley Garden Estate and saw the Promenade de Verdun which also incorporates sacred soil from a Great War battlefield.















Above:  the Promenade de Verdun was designed by William Webb when he laid out the estate and was intended as a tribute to the fallen French soldiers who died at the Battle of Verdun in 1916.




















Above:  a sign talks about the sacred earth that was brought from France and mixed with British soil as a symbolic foundation for the memorial.















Above:  the avenue of Lombardy poplars stretched off into the distance, the afternoon silent, the summer air fragrant.















Above:  at the end of the promenade was the memorial - a simple obelisk.  Made of granite, so it will endure for centuries.  The sense of peace at this spot was almost overwhelming.

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