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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

This is a photo of a Thanksgiving Service in France 93 years ago: October 13 1918. It was held in a chapel in Notre-Dame-de-Grace. Did these Canadian troops know that armistice was coming in less than a month? (Nov 11th, which happens to be A’s birthday, albeit 2 generations later) I look at this and I see the wars to come, but I see more: alongside ruin is beauty and prayer. What do you see here? Click to enlarge:

Canadian Troops in Cambrai Cathedral, October 13, 1918


Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

4 thoughts on “Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

  1. Rebecca and Margaret–yes that was what I saw too.
    Litlove, oh that made me laugh and thank you.

    I just had another look at the enlarged photo. Did any of you notice the beam of light coming down above the minister? Is it from a hole in the roof? Some of the soldiers are fuzzy as if they’re already ghostly. The view of them kneeling on chairs–so awkward and vulnerable.

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