At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in the year 1918, one of the bloodiest conflicts in history drew to an end. Four dragging years of boggy trenches, technological advances in weaponry never seen before, women driving ambulances near the front line, and millions of lives lost to the tragedy that is war. The Lost Generation they became known as.
Amidst the horrors of darkness, bright sparks of hope emerged. Honor, loyalty, patriotism, love, and friendship surged to the forefront in proof that humanity was not lost. That there were things still worth fighting for to preserve, values that we hold dear to this day.
To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the end of the Great War, I’m joining literary forces with five other Edwardian and WWI authors! Enter now for your chance to win six books!
Looking for more information and immersive experiences for WWI? The Imperial War Museum in London has a fabulous collection of letters, ambulances, photographs, nursing instruments, weapons, and anything else you can think of. Right now they have a touring display of called Weeping Window and Wave of ceramic poppies that were first displayed at the tower of London for the Blood Swept Lands and Seas commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the start of the Great War in 2014. I was privileged enough to procure one the ceramic poppies and it now holds an honored spot in our house.
Did you know that the poppy flower is the official symbol of remembrance? Based on the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’, it’s worn to remember the fallen men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in times of war. If you’re looking for a way to incorporate this beautiful yet simple flower into your every day, the Royal British Legion offers several fantastic options. My favorite is a beautiful brooch honoring women of the first world war.