A Tree from Verdun

War memorials took many forms. Today,in Beaumont Park, Huddersfield, I spotted this plaque at the base of a tall chestnut tree:

tree

An offshoot of battlefield tourism, presumably, but also an attempt to weave the memory of the War into the fabric of everyday life. This was a reminder that families might spot when out walking in the park at the weekend, not far from the bandstand.

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  1. Posted February 3, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Though not brought back from France, there is a similar memorial just outside Vancovuer, BC that I drive past fairly frequently. Ever other decade (or so) some politician wants it cut down in order to expand the highway, there’s a public outcry, and the next generation rediscovers this very public memorial.

    http://abvendramin.wordpress.com/2012/03/17/charlie-perkins-memorial-tree/


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