Today is Memorial Day in the United States. In other countries, it’s known as Remembrance Day—which I think is more fitting.
Bicycles have played an important, if unsung role, in various conflicts during the past century and a half. Perhaps they were most prominent in World War I.
|Anzac Corps soldiers in Henencourt, France, 1917|
Let us not forget how useful and necessary bicycles have been to people who are trying to escape the horrors of war, like this Jewish teenager—Pessah Cofnas (yes, he survived)
|From the collection of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum|
or as a way of getting around when highways are blocked, gasoline is unavailable and other modes of transportation are disrupted or destroyed.
Let us remember those who served and sacrificed. But let us prevent more such tragedies.