Tuesday, August 5, 2014

WWI Centenary - Service at St Symphorien Military Cemetery on August 4, 2014

source: hope72

Ceremony held in St Symphorien military cemetery - only First World War cemetery to honour fallen from both sides
The Band of the Coldstream Guards and German drummersplayed as the actor Eddie Redmyne, who played a First World War soldier in an adaptation of Sebastian Faulks's novel Birdsong, read from AE Housman's A Shropshire Lad - video here

On the idle hill of summer,
Sleepy with the flow of streams,
Far I hear the steady drummer
Drumming like a noise in dreams.
Far and near and low and louder
On the roads of earth go by,
Dear to friends and food for powder,
Soldiers marching, all to die.
East and west on fields forgotten
Bleach the bones of comrades slain,
Lovely lads and dead and rotten;
None that go return again.
Far the calling bugles hollo,
High the screaming fife replies,
Gay the files of scarlet follow:
Woman bore me, I will rise.

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BBC coverage - World War I Remembered from the Battlefield
Huw Edwards in London with Sophie Raworth in Belgium introduce an evening of live coverage of commemorations marking the centenary of World War I.
interview video here

source @the3rdRoom

source: xoxoeddie

source (1) (2) Thanks July! (edited)

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