The one thing we’re all waiting for, is peace on earth and an end to war,
It’s a miracle we need, the miracle, the miracle,
Peace on earth and end to war today,
That time will come one day
You’ll see when we can all be friends.
Peace on earth calls for a miracle, doesn’t it? The War to End All War was WWI, fought 100 years ago. How sadly mistaken that optimism proved to be. Still, we can hope for a miracle. Recently we visited the National WWI Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. It’s a sobering, inspiring, moving place. You enter on a glass bridge set over a field of red poppies.
Red poppies are a symbol of remembrance from WWI, based on the poem by John McCrae:
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.
Inside the museum, we found canons, grenades, helmets — all the accoutrements of war.
The basis for the phrase “The War to End All War” is on display. Turns out it’s a book by H. G. Wells. That he was wrong, and all the believers in this notion along with him, makes us sad.
The museum is not without lighter moments. Here is an envelope mailed to a soldier on the front from his family in Ohio. Someone in the family used drawing talent to cheer on this loved one.
Looking at some of the faces of those at war, we note how very young they were when they served.
A memorial to those lost in the war from this area stands just outside the museum. Dedicated shortly after the war, the memorial can be seen from quite a distance.
The museum, built in recent years, was declared a national memorial only last year. The exhibits use technology to teach us about The War to End All War. If you’re in the area, this museum is well worth a visit.
It’s a reminder that we can hope for the miracle of peace on earth . . .still.
Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, Life Thru the Lens, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays. The photo of the radio is edited with Kim Klassen’s Lightroom preset Chocolate. Also linking up with the song-inspired party, Song-ography, where the song is “The Miracle” by Queen.