PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook
It was a dark, overcast, drizzly day. The dedication of a new war memorial is, by its nature, a somber event, and the weather was accommodating to the inherent mood. Widows, widowers, friends, and family members of the people reduced to names engraved on the plaques that adorned the stone monument filled the seats provided.
Umbrellas kept heads dry. Handkerchiefs kept faces dry. Politicians spoke of sacrifice, duty, and devotion to one’s country. Survivors spoke of the horrors of war. Family members spoke of loss.
The ceremony ended abruptly when word came down that another war had just broken out.