I was going to save this for Remembrance Day proper, but when I saw this I just couldn’t wait.

These are some of the people of the village of Saudemont, France, liberated from the Germans by Canadian troops in 1918.

Just look at the joy and relief on their faces (there are some closeups here).  The grin on the woman in the front row in the helmet makes me grin too, as does the young man with his arm around the woman old enough to be his granny.

This is why we fight.  This is why we go to war.



Check out the site where I found this – their collection of historic photographs is fantastic.


I had some other things I was going to post today, but I think I’ll let this one stand on its own.