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Thu Mar 7, 2013, 04:15 AM

In 1914, a boy chained his bike to a tree to fight in the war. And he....

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In 1914, a boy chained his bike to a tree to fight in the war. He never returned........


Poignant and a perfect example of the the waste of future hopes and dreams.
Too many bikes chained to too many trees......

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Reply In 1914, a boy chained his bike to a tree to fight in the war. And he.... (Original post)
Are_grits_groceries Mar 2013 OP
Democracyinkind Mar 2013 #1
Victor_c3 Mar 2013 #2
pinboy3niner Mar 2013 #3
backtoblue Mar 2013 #31
Hissyspit Mar 2013 #4
Are_grits_groceries Mar 2013 #6
Hissyspit Mar 2013 #8
Android3.14 Mar 2013 #13
Are_grits_groceries Mar 2013 #16
OldDem2012 Mar 2013 #20
snooper2 Mar 2013 #32
Fla_Democrat Mar 2013 #23
roxy1234 Mar 2013 #25
Are_grits_groceries Mar 2013 #28
Scootaloo Mar 2013 #5
Are_grits_groceries Mar 2013 #7
Scootaloo Mar 2013 #9
Are_grits_groceries Mar 2013 #10
Android3.14 Mar 2013 #14
Are_grits_groceries Mar 2013 #18
REP Mar 2013 #11
Sherman A1 Mar 2013 #17
adieu Mar 2013 #12
Jericoni Mar 2013 #15
Locrian Mar 2013 #19
pinboy3niner Mar 2013 #21
roxy1234 Mar 2013 #24
progressoid Mar 2013 #34
Spider Jerusalem Mar 2013 #22
Javaman Mar 2013 #27
Are_grits_groceries Mar 2013 #29
Javaman Mar 2013 #30
Robb Mar 2013 #26
montanto Mar 2013 #33
octothorpe Mar 2013 #35
alphafemale Mar 2013 #36
cthulu2016 Mar 2013 #37

Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 04:41 AM

1. Just wow.


Thank you so much for sharing this. Very powerful message.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 04:43 AM

2. The waste in war sickens me too

I read something a while back stating that 5% of all people on our planet who died between 1900-1999 died as a result of war.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 04:49 AM

3. I lost my youth and innocence to war

And I'm only one of millions...those who survived...and those who didn't.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 10:36 AM

31. ...

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Response to Hissyspit (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 05:14 AM

6. Well, gee thanks.

It can be a metaphor. Will that do?
I am soooooo glad there are people who correct everything on DU.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 05:17 AM

8. Yeah, it works as a metaphor.

And that's the way I was taking it, but people should know facts, too.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 06:27 AM

13. The saccharine, It Burns!

Right, you only meant it as a metaphor.
Any time I see a internet reference that is only meant to inspire others to act in ways contrary to their own interests, I check it out.
Thanks Hissyspit.

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Response to Android3.14 (Reply #13)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 06:34 AM

16. What are you talking about?

If I had a motive, it would be to make people think about what is lost in war. That gets overlooked too many times.
And I have asked nobody to actively DO anything but think. You apparently have carried this into some hypothetical realm where gawd knows what is going on. You are welcome to it.

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Response to Android3.14 (Reply #13)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 07:35 AM

20. What exactly do you mean by, "inspire others to act in ways contrary to their own interests"? nt.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 10:38 AM

32. You shouldn't need snopes to know that by the way, see the plastic grips?

We weren't that smart in 1914

Also notice the more modern hardware...


You wouldn't do real good on American Pickers

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Response to Hissyspit (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 07:44 AM

23. Just plain common sense

but thanks for the snopes.

Tales abound explaining how a red bicycle came to be lodged in a Vashon tree a dozen feet up


Anyone who has seen a tree grow through a fence could tell right off that was not how the bike got 12 feet off the ground.


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Response to Hissyspit (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 08:05 AM

25. Thanks for the correction

 

War lovers would always try to mind a way to romanticize war fighting. Pathetic

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Response to roxy1234 (Reply #25)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 10:26 AM

28. And how does that romanticize war?

Young people all over the US would never ride their bikes again. It is a reminder of the cost of war. It is not some huge statue exhalting anyone.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 05:14 AM

5. Hissyspit got there before I could

Yeah, this sucker has nothing to do with WWI at all.

And I should know, it's the mascot of the whole island

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 05:15 AM

7. Then consider it a metaphor.

Will that meet your approval?

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Reply #7)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 05:19 AM

9. What need metaphor?

It's not like the losses of war are distant and hard to find. Most are far more poignant and moving than this, as well. I'm not arguing your point, but I do think there are better ways - much better ways - than a treacly chain mail that's just flat-out not true.

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #9)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 05:25 AM

10. Good for you.

Glad you are around to judge what should and shouldn't be used as a model. And as far as more poignant ways to highlight wars' waste, don't you dare lecture me about what's been wasted when you have no idea but my history.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Reply #10)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 06:30 AM

14. DU is all about being daring.

Funny how no one ever lays down a glove and states, "Don't you dare post false information as if it were true."

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Response to Android3.14 (Reply #14)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 06:55 AM

18. And you know so much about DU how?

I wasn't intentionally posting false info. I don't think to run to Snopes at every story I read, especially when it's logical. Correcting the story is good, but it seemed to be dismissive of the whole thing and what it could represent.

And I have very personal reasons about not being lectured about wars.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 05:38 AM

11. Weeping sphinx, WWI Memorial, KCMO

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Response to REP (Reply #11)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 06:41 AM

17. That is a nice place.

visited there several years ago and found it to be well worth the visit.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 06:27 AM

12. Watch Joyeux Noel

a movie about World War I in which the combatants, Irish, French and Germans joined together over Christmas time to sing and play a bit of soccer before returning to war. It shows the futility and pointlessness of war. War isn't fought by the men on the front lines. They're fought by the people behind the front lines using the men on the front lines as cannon fodder.

War, such a sad waste of human lives.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 06:32 AM

15. Re

That was a complete different thought.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 07:25 AM

19. images....

these always kills me



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Response to Locrian (Reply #19)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 07:37 AM

21. And this one...

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Response to Locrian (Reply #19)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 08:01 AM

24. This one always gets me

 

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Response to Locrian (Reply #19)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 11:30 AM

34. and...



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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 07:43 AM

22. I can walk about a half a mile and see a war memorial with the names of several dozen boys...

who went off to fight in that war and never returned. And more in the next town a few miles away. And you can't walk through a cemetery in any fair-sized city here (the UK) without seeing dozens of such memorials. "In memory of John Smith, beloved son, killed at the Somme, 1916" and so on.



That's just one not very large town; there are hundreds like it in almost every city, town and village in Britain (there were only three villages in the whole of the British Isles that didn't lose someone in WWI; 4% of the UK's male population died in the war).

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Response to Spider Jerusalem (Reply #22)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 09:50 AM

27. In Flanders Fields

(this poem always gets me when I read it)

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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Inspiration for “In Flanders Fields”


Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, 1st Brigade Canadian Field Artillery. (1)

During the early days of the Second Battle of Ypres a young Canadian artillery officer, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, was killed on 2nd May, 1915 in the gun positions near Ypres. An exploding German artillery shell landed near him. He was serving in the same Canadian artillery unit as a friend of his, the Canadian military doctor and artillery commander Major John McCrae.

As the brigade doctor, John McCrae was asked to conduct the burial service for Alexis because the chaplain had been called away somewhere else on duty that evening. It is believed that later that evening, after the burial, John began the draft for his now famous poem “In Flanders Fields”.

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Response to Javaman (Reply #27)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 10:29 AM

29. My great-great aunt was on a train with a soldier who fought near Flanders.

He gave her some poppy seeds. She planted them behind my Grandmama's house, and they grew into a magnificent red tangle. I always think of the train, those poppies, and all the soldiers buried over there.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Reply #29)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 10:34 AM

30. That's a moving story.

When I first read that peom many years ago, I then began looking upon poppies in a much different manner.

I now view their beauty as heart breaking statement to humanity.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 08:59 AM

26. Trees always win.

I took this one a few years back.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 11:02 AM

33. And yet it's clearly not a bike from that era.

Cool photo though.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 11:35 AM

35. Small bike... Did they send him off to war at age 3?

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 04:38 PM

36. Well. At least he didn't leave his dog tied to a tree.

That might really be sad.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 04:41 PM

37. Odd that he chained it so high

A thing afixed to a tree trunk does not move upward as the tree grows.

Trees 101.

Also, it's odd that he had a bike from the future. (That bike is obviously not from 1914)

Also, odd that something incredibly rare to the point of being freakish (bikes that trees have enfolded) would be used to comment on how common something is.

I agree that war sucks, but there has to be a better way to experss it.

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