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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

At 6:30 PM every evening, a torch is rekindled. Veterans lay wreaths decorated with the red, white and blue colors of the French flag near its flickering flame. A daily ritual since it was first lit in 1923,  the torch burns eternally in memory of  an unknown French soldier who gave his life during the First World War.

Under the Arc de Triomphe stands this torch. The unknown soldier buried here represents all the unidentified soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.


An inscription on the tomb  reads “ Ici Repose un Soldat Fran├žais Mort pour La Patrie 1914-1918” (Here lies a French soldier who died for his fatherland 1914-1918).
Arc de Triomphe
It is heartbreaking to think of the countless bodies of fallen soldiers who were never identified : husbands, sons or fathers who never came home after the war.

The unknown soldier gave his life to a war not of his making nor his liking to protect the freedom of people who will never know his name.

Sharing Chris de Burgh's haunting song Borderline by Singaporean singer Chyi.

"...But these are only boys, and I will never know
How men can see the wisdom in a war.."




Musings Of A Tired Mummy

29 comments:

An Apel a Day said...

The symbol is so fascinating. I wish the solider would have a name, someone to belong to. BUT then this wouldn't mean so much. There's a lot on unknown soldiers out there I'm sure.

betty said...

It is sobering to think of those who died and were never named and thereby claimed by their family. Impressive looking! I saw the one at the Arlington Cemetery in Washington, DC along with the ceremony of the passing of the guard. Truly memorable and honorable.

betty

Hootin' Anni said...

Humbling song! And incredible sacrifices made during wars.

judee said...

Very thought provoking - the quote says it all..

Sakuranko said...

Oh very interesting darling
xx

A Bit of the Blarney said...

Such a humbling post. I often recall my visits to Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier there. And the graves at Normandy with crosses of the unknown buried there! It is heartbreaking! Wishing you well!

Hena Tayeb said...

It is a wonderful gesture on the part of the french.

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little orange dog said...

Beautiful photos and so sensitively written. Thank you so much for sharing, it's so important to remember those who sacrificed their lives for us..

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stevebethere said...

What a nice post and photos and so heartwarming :-)

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

A touching post

Meditations in Motion said...

There was a ceremony going on when we visited the Arc du Triomphe last year, so I missed the tomb of the unknown soldier. What a shame! Now I guess I will just have to go back! The song is the perfect accompaniment to the post.

Tom said...

...visiting Tombs of the Unknown Soldier are such moving experiences. I still remember visiting ours in Washington DC. Thanks Veronica Lee for sharing.

jeremy@thirstydaddy said...

I've been to the one here in the States. Really makes you stop and consider the sacrifice that so many have made #anythinggoes

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Mother of 3 said...

I found that to be such a moving experience when I visited France. I loved all the fresh flowers around too.

betty-NZ said...

That's a wonderful tribute to those who sacrificed for others.

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Sandee said...

We should all honor our fallen. They gave their all for their country.

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NanaHood said...

I went to the one in Washington and was deeply moved! Thanks for sharing! Teresa from NanaHood

pilch92 said...

That quote is so accurate.

XmasDolly said...

Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful photos so we all can experience what you have. The song breaks my heart, and her haunting voice just gives me chills. It's so beautiful. The story is awesome. Thank you so very much. I'm outta words now.. sorry! Thank you from the bottom of my broken heart.

Sylvia | Grace for a Gypsy said...

Ive been to the tomb in the US and its humbling. Thank you for sharing the pictures of the one in France. A beautiful tribute. Thanks for linking up with us at the https://kippiathome.com/2019/09/02/decor-display-riser/

Sylvia Graceforagypsy.com said...

I forgot to tell you, I am sharing this beautiful post.

Shiju Sugunan said...

So very touching!

Dee | Grammy's Grid said...

I had no idea that was there when we went by the Arc. Traffic was crazy in the roundabout. Thanks so much for linking up at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty 44. Shared.

Alice V said...

I never knew the French had a tomb like this too. I'll have to add that to my "to-do" list when I do go to France...one day. Thanks for linking up with us at #OMGHWW

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loopyloulaura said...

I never knew they has this in France. The tomb in the UK is very famous and I love the respect for all of the war dead, many of whom could not be identified but all gave their lives to protect their countries. Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging