Sunday, October 29, 2006
This post is dedicated to those who lost their lives in World War I
I recently stumbled upon a war memorial hidden on a college campus. Inside the former football stadium that was dedicated to World War I veterans I found a minorly defaced mural from the 1920s. Let me just say, they do not make memorials like this anymore.
Some war memorials show militancy in a bright light while others are anti-war. This one is completely different from all. It honors the dead, does nothing to minimizes the war effort, and shows the horrors of war.
The map has several parts. The upper part is comprised mostly of a map of Europe. Trenches go down the French-German border. Dead forests and smoke run along the barbed wire. Smoldering ruins of towns can also be seen.
In the upper right hand corner tanks press forward around a flaming battle field. Death looks on.
On the right side hand side the football stadiums side is seen. In the middle the grim reaper could be seen standing in front of the memorial. A tower lists the names of university students who died in the Great War. On top of the tower is an American flag with dough boys marching on.
At the end is a helmet on top of a rifle stuck in the ground- a sign of a field burial. Poppies are the last thing seen. The poppy is the flower representing peace after the war. The stadium was built in the 1920s when many thought the war was the war to end all wars. Sadly, they were wrong and many more university students would die in many more wars.