A couple of great x guys images I found:
17/100 Cross of the Four Day Marches
Image by Jamie McCaffrey
100 x (around the house photos) 17/100
The weather is truly detering any spring pictures. So I needed to check out the space for inspiration. This is a main Dutch decoration for successful completion of the International Four Day Marches in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
While this image will not likely get anyones attention on it’s own, for somebody who’s completed the Nijmegen Vierdaagse (4 Days) Marches, it will probably speak volumes. So, I’ll attempt and consider that context.
Each of the four days is a various 40-km route, for a total of 160-km. Over 40,000 individuals take part in the occasion. It is so popular as a world-wide walking/endurance event that the registration has to be restricted. This consists of about 5,000 soldiers from a broad variety of nations. Canadian military individuals usually march as a member of among the groups that comprise the main Canadian Contingent and males and ladies both do it in ‘fights’ with a weighted rucksack.
The KNBLO represents the Royal Dutch League for Athletics (Koninkijke Nederlandsche Bond Voor Lichamelijke Opvoeding). The first march remained in 1909 and it has gone strong every year with the significant exceptions of the 2 worlds wars; and in 2006 when it needed to be cancelled, after the first day, because of exceptionally hot temperatures which were attributed as contributing elements to the death of two civilian marchers and the hospitalization of a further 300. The blue colour of the cross signifies that I was ‘absurd’ enough to finish the march 5 times.
The Canadian Military have a custom of sending out a contingent to do the marches every year given that the end of The second world war. The Netherlands was a major theatre of operations for Canada. It was the Canadian Army who lastly accepted the German surrender officially ending the war in that country. To say the Dutch have actually not forgotten the sacrifice of a lot of young Canadians is an understatement. The stories are too numerous for one image, but the cost of that respect is brought home to the Canadian march participants on the 3rd day’s march when the path takes them directly in front of the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery where over 2500 Canadians have their last resting location – most died during operations surrounding the push throughout the Rhine into Germany. It is however among several Canadian cemeteries in The Netherlands. To go to such a cemetery is to have a history lesson like no other. Much of the regard Canada was instantly managed post-WWII was out of proportion to our size and was because of the price paid a minimum of in part by those still at Groesbeek. Needless to state we stop to pay our aspects each and every year.
I ought to mention that there are other Commonwealth citizenships buried at Groesbeek, most notably the British; and almost every countries military contingent – and a considerably a great deal of civilians – stop to pay their respects. I also had the chance to stop at Groesbeek while cycling on a day after the marches (when things have gone back to regular) and I observed a variety of households having picnics on the premises surrounding the cemetery. At some time they all seemed to walk into the cemetery, with their kids, solemly checking out the headstones which are pepperd the names of hundreds of Canadian towns, cities and villages. If they’re like me they’re taking a look at the young ages on the headstones. Over the years I saw numerous guys get choked up and shed a tear in front of those headstones – myself consisted of. Which should be everybodies response when they ponder the cost of war.
While I have actually put a focus on discussing the Canadian military (that’s my context) it was the marching, socializing, and recuperating (from both the marching and interacting socially) with the soldiers of a lot of our NATO allies that I’ll always keep in mind. It was, and remains, an unique bonding experience. Nothing joins soldiers, and overcomes linguistic and cultural distinctions, like shared pain.
Image by Alain-Christian