August 09, 2012

Edith Cavell

I will close my chapter on the London Olympics excursion with pictures of the Edith Cavell memorial located next to Trafalgar square. 
Edith Cavell is a special name in my family, as not only do we live very close to the hospital in Brussels named after her but also my children were born there.
Edith Cavell was a British nurse who became a hero in Belgium and Britain during World War I for saving the lives of soldiers by helping them escape from occupied Belgium during World War I, heroism for which she paid with her own life. She was court-martialed, found guilty of treason and executed.
Edith Louisa Cavell (4 December 1865 – 12 October 1915) was a British nurse and patriot. She is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from all sides without distinction and in helping some 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during World War I, for which she was arrested. She was subsequently court-martialled, found guilty of treason and sentenced to death. Despite international pressure for mercy, she was shot by a German firing squad. Her execution received worldwide condemnation and extensive press coverage. She is well known for her statement that "patriotism is not enough." Her strong Anglican beliefs propelled her to help all those who needed it, both German and Allied soldiers. She was quoted as saying, "I can’t stop while there are lives to be saved". 

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