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March 27, 2009

Yesterday’s heroes in the Company Gardens – Flickr pic of the day

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This photograph of one of the historic statues in the Company Gardens was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Bill McClung aka wamcclung.

Bill says, “I visited Cape Town for the first time in January 2009 and had a wonderful time. The pre-World War II architecture is especially striking.

“This statue spoke to me as a Virginian (although I now live in Boston) who grew up surrounded by heroic sculpture commemorating the Confederacy. Attitudes have changed so much that these statues now rarely evoke the response that was intended when they were dedicated, and I suppose I saw an approximate parallel with this statue in Cape Town, situated in the very beautiful Company Gardens,” he continues.

The statue commemorates the World War I battle of Delville Wood, in which more than 2 000 South African soldiers were killed. 

The Company Gardens, a large public park and botanical garden, is set in the heart of Cape Town and is well worth a visit.

There are also a number of museums in the vicinity, including the South African Museum, the Jewish Museum and District Six Museum.

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Image © Bill McClung aka wamcclung 2009

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