Today would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.
2.5 million people were laid to rest in the Santiago Cemetery.
It’s an evocative place.
I was there on an excellent group tour. Our guide made the place come to life.
Catholic families visit their dead relatives often: birthdays, death days, holidays, Christmas. They leave gifts behind.
Rich families, companies and social groups have huge memorials.
Some are tacky.
This is my favourite photo from the visit.
If you get a chance to spend eternity here, ride in style.
Life is short. Enjoy it while you still have it.
For many Americans the Thanksgiving weekend is the most important family holiday of the year. I trust they enjoyed 2017.
I’ve been very lucky. And I’m most thankful.
Looking forward to the future.
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
– John McCrae, 1915
Though thankfully I was never in a war, this is an important day for me. I remember.
Lest we forget – CBC
Remembrance Day (Australia, Canada, Colombia, UK and Ireland), also known as Poppy Day (South Africa and Malta), and Armistice Day (UK, New Zealand and many other Commonwealth countries; and the original name of the holiday internationally) is a day to commemorate the sacrifice of veterans and civilians in World War I and other wars. It is observed on November 11 to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918.
Remembrance Day – wikipedia