Sunday, June 03, 2012

A word the world should not forget

British Peace Garden, Memorial Museum for Peace, Caen

"Peace" - this is a word the world should not forget!


Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

What is the meaning of the word "Peace", arguably an elusive concept? For much of the 20th Century the meaning of the word "peace" was largely forgotten.

Here are two brief dictionary definitions:

1. Freedom from disturbance; tranquillity;
2. A state or period in which there is no war or a war has ended.

The above photograph shows the British Peace Garden at the Memorial Museum for Peace at Caen, Calvados, France. There is also an American Peace Garden and a Canadian Peace Garden.

The reason for these 'Gardens of Peace' in this place is primarily because of the young people from America, Canada, the UK and other lands who came to this place in 1944. The ultimate reason these young people came was to bring freedom and peace. But to bring a long term peace what they brought in the short term was war.

The Memorial Museum for Peace at Caen documents the Normandy Landings, the Battle of Normandy and the Second World War. It also documents the world since 1945 - the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Six Day War, the Yom Kippur War, the Gulf War and many other wars and conflicts.

In many parts of the world peace is still an elusive and fragile concept. Many of the world's people have not known the true meaning of peace or have forgotten what the word means.

Below is an item written about peace by 'Yours Truly' as a 14-year old schoolboy in the 1970s.


He has no name,
Yet he is three days old,
He knows not the troubles of life,
He has had no experience of war or atom bombs,
He has not heard of Hitler's dream to conquer the world,
And how he failed because of his greed.
He is ignorant of Lenin and Genghis Khan,
Whose power made them crave for more,
He thinks not of these things
But of cuddly toys and furry bears.

What shall he be called?
Name him Peace:
For surely the world has forgotten
What the word means.


"In the cold and darkness of the night remember that the warmth of the sunrise will rise in the new dawn."

This article is dedicated to the cause of peace and freedom throughout the world.

Sunday, 03 June, 2012  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

For further information about the Memorial Museum for Peace at Caen - a centre for history and peace- click on the following link:
The Memorial Museum, Caen

It was in this place called Caen that I learnt more about the importance of peace. Caen was a city martyred because of war in the summer of 1944.

As a volunteer contributor for the BBC "People's War" project the final article I contributed was "A place called Caen". To read this article click on the following link:
A place called Caen

I ended that article with the following hope:

"“Let us never forget War, but let us work for Peace”.

It will be noted that the last word is one of the most important of all words. This is a word that should not be forgotten: "Peace".

Monday, 04 June, 2012  

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