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WWI Memorial Suite


I have a very personal connection to World World I in that my great uncle, Thomas V Flanagan, died in that war at the age of 25 at its largest battle in Argonne Forest in France.

There are three movements to this piece. 1. Echoes of the Past 2. Battle of Argonne Forest 3. World War I Memorial

Brief history of WWI - Dubbed "The War to End All Wars." - The Meuse-Argonne offensive would be launched by the American First Army, under Gen John Pershing & French 4th Army under Gen Henri Gourand. Thomas V. Flanigan is buried with thousands of others who perished, at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial in France, which covers 130.5 acres in which rest the largest number of our military dead in Europe, a total of 14,246.

This piece is dedicated to my Great Uncle who lost his life in this war. It is in memory & a memorial for all who lost their lives in WW I.

May we work to create peace by preventing the conditions that feed into such events.

This memorial is also in memory of the mothers, the daughters, the grandmothers & grandfathers, the sisters, the young sons and infants that never got to see their loved one's again or who witnessed their loved one upon their return as someone unrecognizable, crippled, maimed, suicidal, suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. My music is not to honor war, it is to honor people who have suffered in them and from them. It is a call to understand and look at history, find ways to reconcile differences so that we do not continuously find ourselves at war, especially with the types of weaponry that exists today. Everything is at stake, not just a piece of land. The entire planet is at stake. Some pertinent links: http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_meuse_argonne.html http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries/cemeteries/ma.php http://ncronline.org/blogs/where-i-stand/remembering-our-past-and-who-we-truly-want-be






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