War memorial

anonymous asked:

I want to start watching the legend of korra, and I do know a lot about the last airbender, but i was just wonder do I have to watch tla before i watch tlok?

it’s not absolutely essential, but i would highly recommend it. the last airbender gives the context, siginficant emotional weight and a hell of a lot of world building to the legend of korra.

plus you would miss out on this:

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Multiple shootings in Ottawa

Ottawa police say they are investigating three shooting incidents in Ottawa, including inside parliament buildings, at the War Memorial, and inside the Rideau Centre Mall.

A uniformed Canadian soldier has been shot at the War Memorial in Ottawa, and gunfire has also broken out inside the Parliament buildings. CPR was performed on the soldier and he has been transported to hospital by ambulance.

Police have told reporters that one of the suspects, reportedly carrying a “large weapon,” possibly a shotgun or rifle, is still on the loose, and the parliament buildings are on lockdown. Prime Minister is safe and “off the hill.”

One shooter is confirmed dead inside the Parliament buildings. Police say there is more than one suspect in the shooting.

CBC is reporting that all military bases in Canada are currently closed to the public, in the interest of the safety of the men and women working at them. (Yahoo New Canada)

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This stunning installation of 888,246 red ceramic poppies was created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper in commemoration of the centennial of Britain’s involvement in World War I. Entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, each flower represents a British or Colonial military fatality.

This staggering installation is a work in progress, with the ceramic pippies being planted by volunteers in the dry moat that surrounds the Tower of London. The planting process began a few weeks ago and will continue throughout the summer until a final flower is symbolically planted on November 11, 2014.

Visit the Historic Royal Palaces website to learn more about this moving project. You can also follow the progress of the volunteer planters by following the #TowerPoppies on Twitter.

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Korean War Memorial

Today a monument commemorating Britain’s involvement in the Korean War was unveiled in London.  The Korean War is frequently described as ‘The Forgotten War’ around the world, this is certainly the case in the UK.   

Between 1950 and 1953 the British armed forces contributed approximately 82,000 personnel to the UN Mandated intervention led by the United States.   Britain lost over 1,000 men killed during the war however, this is dwarfed by the larger human cost of the war with almost 3 million military and civilian casualties recorded.

The United Kingdom is one of the last major combatants to commemorate the conflict with an official memorial.  The Memorial itself consists of a bronze statue of a British soldier wearing a raincloak, with his Lee-Enfield Rifle No.4 slung and his helmet in hand.  Sculpted by Philip Jackson, the statue stands in front of an obelisk of portland stone with ‘The Korean War 1950 - 1953 simply inscribed.  The memorial was paid for by the Republic of Korea in honour of the efforts of British servicemen during the war. 

Britain’s military personnel involved in the conflict were mainly drawn from the veteran cadre of the British Army and the thousands of young men who were serving their National Service.  Today, 320 veterans of the war were present for the unveiling of the Memorial, the culmination of many years campaigning for commemoration of their service.  

Described as ‘The Forgotten War’ in part because of its inconclusive ‘end’ and partly because it its general lack of media coverage and public recognition.  Even during the conflict the war garnered little attention from the war weary British public.  It is often said that it is overshadowed by the Second World War which preceded and, at least in America, the Vietnam War which followed it.   In a sad irony, the British press have neglected to widely cover the dedication of the memorial, but at least the conflict now has a lasting memorial.

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The Skull Tower of Nis - Serbia

A macabre tower 15 feet high in Nis, Serbia, was once covered with 952 skulls; 58 still remain embedded in the crumbling edifice to bravery in the face of death.

During the 1809 Battle of Cegar, the Serbian rebels were incredibly outnumbered by the advancing Turkish forces. Yet refusing to surrender, the Serbian leader Stevan Sinđelić shot at a packed gunpowder depot, its explosion killing him, his men, and much of the enemy army.

The Turkish leaders were furious, and to serve as a warning to anyone else who so brazenly went against the Ottoman Empire, the dead rebels’ heads were decapitated, and their scalps were stripped and stuffed and shipped back to the Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II in Constantinople for evidence of their defiant deaths. Each of their skulls was then lodged in a tower, with Sinđelić’s skull placed at the very top.

Yet the brutality didn’t stop the Serbians’ desire for freedom, and years after the liberation of Niš in 1878, a chapel was constructed in 1892 around the deteriorating tower. Many of the skulls had been removed by families for burial, but many still remained, and what remained became an emotional memorial to sacrifice, and a morbid reminder of barbarism of war.

View the full photo gallery at 31 Days of Halloween: #5 - Skull Tower on Atlas Obscura!