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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Long-distant friendships are a weird thing.

You’d think that they’d be perfect. You tell them a secret and they couldn’t tell people that you know… You’d trust them for forever and you’d be friends for…forever.
You imagine a big celebration when you finally meet.
It’s perfect.
All of it is, in your head. It’s all planned out and gets you excited.

Now when you get through that sheild of falseness, and get an internet friend, you should notice some flaws in your dreams.
They can’t hold you when you’re sad.
They can’t show up at your house at 2am with the spongebob movie and takeout.
You can’t have sleepovers, and you probably have different time zones.
Sure, you can tell them about your crush but they have no idea who they are.
If you have boy troubles they’d say “I’ll kick their ass,” but they can’t and you know this.
They can’t protect you when you’re scared.
You can’t protect them properly, either.
It’s a mess.

Don’t get me wrong, long-distant friendships aren’t all bad.
We can make people on the internet jealous of us.
Hell, we can even make people offline jealous of us.
They’d be the first person you come out to if you’re gay, and the last person you’d say “good night” to.
You’d rant about your parents, and it’s all comfortable. You’re comfortable when them in your life. No matter what. People will beat you down, “They’re not real friends get a life!”
But you won’t listen to them because..well.. they’re your best friends. You love them.
It’ll be hard.
But you’ll meet one day. And when you do it’ll be just as you imagined it.

—  Me

Charles “Lindy” Cavell could never forget what the U.S. military tried to hide. Cavell fought to bring to light the secret mustard gas testing program he had participated in during World War II and for VA compensation for the test subjects. He died at home Wednesday at 89.

Cavell was featured prominently in an NPR investigation last year that found the Department of Veterans Affairs failed to notify mustard gas test subjects — who had been sworn to secrecy about the testing — of their eligibility for compensation, and routinely denied help to those who qualified for it.

During the last year of his life, Cavell was finally granted additional benefits and some back pay after a 26-year battle with the VA, according to his daughter, Linda Smith.

“I think he felt like he had finally accomplished something, and he was relieved that other service members were being recognized” as a result of the stories he was featured in, Smith said.

WWII Veteran, Who Fought To Expose Secret Mustard Gas Experiments, Dies

Photo: Ariel Zambelich/NPR

Jane Little spent her long life making beautiful music, and she died this weekend doing just what she loved, onstage. Little played with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for more than 71 years. She joined the symphony in 1945, when she was just 16.

“My father took me down to the Southeastern Music Company in Atlanta to buy my first bass, and he had no idea what I was going to play,” she recalled. “So, I says, ‘Daddy, there it is in the window, I’m playing this bass. This is what I want.’ He says, 'I can’t believe you’re playing that big thing.’ ”

Little taught herself to play that bass, and never stopped. In an interview in February, she told member station WABE in Atlanta that she started playing at the symphony for free. Eventually, they did begin to pay her — $35 every other week. In those days, to make ends meet, Little traveled across the South, performing with other symphony orchestras in Augusta and Savannah, Ga., and in Chattanooga, Tenn. She also invested in real estate just in case her career with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra didn’t last. She need not have bothered. She was a well-loved orchestra member, and the feeling was mutual.

Jane Little, Atlanta’s Dainty Double-Bass Player For 71 Years, Dies Onstage

Photo: Dustin Chambers/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra


A comic from the book Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics commemorating the World Wars. The veterans of the first world war discuss commemorating the conflict, but are overshadowed by the looming horror of the second world war. In the final panels the view tracks round from the first world war memorial to reveal the names of that generation’s children, in turn killed in the second world war.