Some links for Remembrance Day 2008:
I’m at least two days late in writing about Vigil 1914-1918, which began this past Tuesday. Vigil 1914-1918 is a project from noted Canadian actor and director R.H. Thompson and lighting designer Martin Conboy to mark the 90th anniversary of the armistice. From November 4 through November 11, the names of the 68,000 World War I dead will be projected at night onto the National War Memorial in Ottawa, buildings in other regions of Canada and onto the side of Canada House in Trafalgar Square in London, England. Here’s the link to a CBC article with a photograph of names on Ottawa’s National War Memorial.
The BBC’s film production of My Boy Jack, the story of Rudyard Kipling’s son who was lost in action at the age of 18, after only two days at the front, is now available on DVD. I wrote about the poem and a bit of Kipling’s family history in this post last year at this time.
The current issue of Smithsonian Magazine has an article, “One Man’s Korean War”, featuring reporter John Rich’s color photographs, seen for the first time in more than 50 years.
Fallen Canadians in Afghanistan, at the Department of Defence website
Faces of the Fallen, American soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, at The Washington Post