Mechelen

 

 

At the honorary park of the Mechelen cemetery we find 381 victims of the First World War. Eighty are known only unto God.

 

 

 

 

The monument on the honorary park is just about the nicest I have seen at the more than 250 cemeteries and burial sites that I have visited. As a symbol of the madness of war, in fact legalized murder, it makes his point.

 

 

 

 

In Mechelen, why is not clear to me, there are several types of tombstones. There are 321 standard Belgian tombstones, 58 tombstones in the model as the picture beneath and there is also a double private tomb where the Rombouts brothers share the site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tombstones of the town have a name plate in a black matter that becomes reflecting like a mirror in direct sunlight. I did not realise this while I was at work but when editing the pictures at home I could read on the nameplate what time it was when I took the picture.

 

So I had to return for a second session in less sunny conditions.

 

 

 

 

The honorary park is in the center of the cemetery behind the chapel. It is a fairly secluded area because it is surrounded by trees and high old bourgeois graves. As it was those days on the cemeteries, you hardly ever met anyone. I had taken up the habit of saluting the graves in those places where I came a second time.  Although it might not be very appropriate, I did it with a solid "good day guys."

 

So I arrive and I shout quite loudly "hello guys". From behind a tree on the civil part of the cemetery sounds the answer "Good day, sir."

It scared me to dead! And the rest of my greeting, that usually went like "and how it's been since I was last here?" stayed silent in my throat.

 

 

 

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