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#369522 - 11/10/07 11:54 PM Lest We Forget
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At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare. The allied armies had driven the German invaders back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over the preceding four months. In November the Germans called for an armistice (suspension of fighting) in order to secure a peace settlement. They accepted the allied terms of unconditional surrender

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month

The allied nations chose this day and time for the commemoration of their war dead.

Lest we forget


For the Fallen

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables at home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)



In Flandersí Fields

In Flandersí Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flandersí Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flandersí Fields.
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#369523 - 11/11/07 04:44 AM Re: Lest We Forget [Re: drgndrew]
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Rememberance should not be a one day event, we should all take stock on a regular basis of what was sacrificed for the lives we have. Never take it for granted.
RIP the Brave. Thanks for everything.
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#369524 - 11/11/07 05:00 AM Re: Lest We Forget [Re: Cord]
drgndrew Offline
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Quote:

Rememberance should not be a one day event, we should all take stock on a regular basis of what was sacrificed for the lives we have. Never take it for granted.
RIP the Brave. Thanks for everything.




Here here, I second that
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#369525 - 11/11/07 05:10 AM Re: Lest We Forget [Re: drgndrew]
Bushi_no_ki Offline
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Registered: 05/03/05
Posts: 1667
Loc: POM, Monterey CA
Today is a day to remember, all those who have fought for freedom and liberty. Let us all remember, even those that lived beyond the battlefield to die in their beds. RIP Dan Niel Goforth, 23AUG1940-09MAY2003, Honored and Cherished Grandfather and namesake.

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#369526 - 11/11/07 07:54 AM Re: Lest We Forget [Re: Bushi_no_ki]
Leo_E_49 Offline
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Registered: 02/24/05
Posts: 4117
Loc: California
Lest we forget.
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#369527 - 11/11/07 11:20 AM Re: Lest We Forget [Re: Leo_E_49]
ButterflyPalm Offline
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Posts: 2637
Loc: Malaysia
It was when poppies grew high and white,
In Flanders' Fields of old;
Then days of war wounded nations' might,
With young souls bought and sold.

It was then that poppies grew low with hate,
In Flanders' Fields of late;
And watered by blood of unsung dead,
Becomes evermore bright red.

BP.
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#369528 - 11/11/07 12:54 PM Re: Lest We Forget [Re: ButterflyPalm]
MattJ Offline
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Loc: York PA. USA
Very nice, folks. Lest we forget.
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#369529 - 11/11/07 02:44 PM Re: Lest We Forget [Re: MattJ]
Dereck Offline
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Registered: 10/04/04
Posts: 10413
Loc: Great White North
Very nice. I am reminded of the things our fore fathers have done and the people today fighting for us almost every day as down in my basement I have my Grandma's fathers war metals on display from WWI. Both my Grandparents served and even today at 87 my Grandma will talk of the war and how she met my Grandfather who brought her from England to Canada.

That we honor them once a year is a good thing but each and every day is a tribute to all they have done. Great respect and honor to all those that have served and that are serving today, and especially for the one that died for those causes.
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