Yeah I know. It's a big phallus with a sculpted sphinx-scrotum. But it's Veteran's Day! Get your mind out of the homo-gutter and try to look at the big picture!
This place is incredible. I attended the opening last year and posted about it here.
This time, I brought my camera.
One of the first things you see when entering the museum is the glass walkway above a field of poppys.
This is a crappy picture because of the reflections.
Here is a better picture of just a part of the poppy field beneath the glass floor.
Each individual poppy represents ONE THOUSAND (1000) soldiers killed during the war.
Thrity Seven Million (37,000,000,000) casualties on all sides between 1914 and 1918. Think about that for just a minute.
The thing that has always struck me about WWI is that it was the catastrophic clash between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.
You had the first tanks
and you still had horse-drawn artillery
You had automatic weapons
but you also had swords
and medieval clubs
and even armor
for brutal, hand-to-hand, inter-trench combat.
You had soldiers living and fighting for months or years in blood-soaked, disease-filled, muddy trenches
while aviators fought 15 and 30 minute fights in the sky only to land miles from the frontline and enjoy steaks and whiskey, retiring to soft matresses and French whores in "liberated" mansions.
You also had the first victims of Weapons of Mass Distruction with Mustard Gas.
This was the beginning of modern, 20th century warfare.
Visit the museum if you have the opportunity and the inclination.
Learn from the mistakes of history if you have the intellectual capacity to do so.
Change the future if you have power to make a difference.
Support our troops, but expose and expudiate the lies and hidden agendas that got them killed.
There is nothing good or glorious about war. It represents the failure of all other options.
Or at least, it used to.