I've spent a good deal of time visiting WW1 CWGC cemeteries in France, and a few of the German cemeteries as well - Vladslo, in Belgium, is particularly poignant and beautiful. A few years ago we took our children along to the Souda Bay cemetery and they were amazed at the youth of the combatants and the idea that a Lancaster bomber might have a crew of 5, under the command of a 23 year old (in one instance) with 2 of the other 4 only just 19.
As we were passing nearby we took the timne to find and visit this cemetery. Maleme is more stark than Souda or indeed Vladslo, but well located on a hillside with a good view out to sea. Individuals are remembered in pairs on flat grave markers, with the name, rank, date of birth and date of death. I was struck - as always - by the number of young men of 19 - 21 who died, and how many died on 21 May 1941 which must have marked horrendous fighting.
It does the soul good to have a chance, now and again, to reflect on the horrors we perpetrate on one another in the name of righteousness and politics.
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