Newcastle First World War Exhibition Is Opened by US Ambassador

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Virgin Trains has welcomed the US Ambassador to the UK to Newcastle where he opened a public photography exhibition outside the city’s rail station to mark the centenary of America’s involvement in the First World War.

Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-18, is a unique portrait of the First World War battlefields by Michael St Maur Sheil, which tells of the healed scars of the First World War through our only remaining living witness, the fields of battle themselves.

This free exhibition, which is open until the end of July, is comprised of contemporary photographs of the battlefields together with archive photographs which act as a visual gateway to the fields where the conflict was fought, allowing visitors to see for themselves how the conflict changed the landscapes it touched, along with the course of human history.

At the launch yesterday, Acting Ambassador Lewis Lukens, who has been in post since January 2017, said: “I am delighted that this exhibition will visit the great city of Newcastle. Today, the United States and United Kingdom – and millions of our service members – are providing the global leadership that cements our enduring partnership and makes our countries more secure. Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace marks the sacrifices made by the men and women of America in World War One, which shaped our world in the 20th century.”

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