In Flanders Field the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row.
World War I began a hundred years ago today. In the next four and a half years, seven million civilians and eight and a half million soldiers were killed, and twenty million were severely wounded. And 25 years later, World War II began.
Here’s one of the northern France killing fields today:
And here’s one of the cemeteries. Most of the headstones are inscribed “A Soldier of the Great War, Known Only Unto God.” There are not enough red poppies in the world for this:
(Photos are from “A Conflict That Shaped the World” in today’s NYT.)