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In Flanders Fields.

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In Flanders 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 Flanders 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 Flanders fields.

John McCrae 1918

 

Edited by WKDWZD

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53 minutes ago, jtowne-swim said:

This too

 

Thanks for that.

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WKDWZD 

 

Thoughts to you on Remembrance Day.  (Does one ever say "Happy Remembrance Day", or is there another greeting?)

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5 hours ago, Baltimatt said:

WKDWZD 

 

Thoughts to you on Remembrance Day.  (Does one ever say "Happy Remembrance Day", or is there another greeting?)

Matt.

Thanks for your thoughts. One does not say "Happy Remembrance Day" or any other greeting over here. It is colloquially known as 'Poppy Day' and it is a solemn occasion, there is nothing happy about it. It is the day that we pay homage to 'The Fallen' of all military in all wars, (originally it was for the Great War of 1914 -1918). The day is marked by 2 minutes of silence throughout the land and again on the second Sunday in November, when it is marked by a full parade and the laying of wreaths at the Cenotaph in Whitehall (and across the land).

 

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Corrected from February to November

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Thanks, WKDWZD.  I thought that was the case but wanted your verification.  

To us it's a day to honor our military veterans.  We remember our fallen on Memorial Day, which is the last Monday in May, although that has morphed to a holiday marking the beginning of summer.

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3 minutes ago, Baltimatt said:

Thanks, WKDWZD.  I thought that was the case but wanted your verification.  

To us it's a day to honor our military veterans.  We remember our fallen on Memorial Day, which is the last Monday in May, although that has morphed to a holiday marking the beginning of summer.

The reason for the day and time is, of course, quite obvious because that was the time that the guns in the Great War fell silent, at 11:00am on the 11th day of the 11th month. It was formerly known as Armistice Day and, I believe that prior to 1954 it was also recognised in the US.

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A deep and moving poem.  War, even when necessary and justified, is always tragic.

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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.

Robert Laurence Binton. 

 

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On 11/10/2017 at 3:13 PM, WKDWZD said:

In Flanders 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 Flanders 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 Flanders fields.

John McCrae 1918

 

haunting and moving....thanks for posting this....

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Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?
Where have all the flowers gone, long time ago?
Where have all the flowers gone?
Young girls have picked them everyone
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the young girls gone, long time passing?
Where have all the young girls gone, long time ago?
Where have all the young girls gone?
Gone for husbands everyone
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the husbands gone, long time passing?
Where have all the husbands gone, long time ago?
Where have all the husbands gone?
Gone for soldiers everyone
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the soldiers gone, long time passing?
Where have all the soldiers gone, long time ago?
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Gone to graveyards, everyone
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

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One uncle had Parkinson's really Bad. Didn't know till after he passed why. Uncle Al just Shook a lot was all i knew. After he passed my Mom told me he was Shelled in Bastogne. Another who passed when i was still a kid, had a Japanese Rifle and a Flying Tigers leather jacket hanging on his wall. One Grandfather had a bunch of Pics of himself and Natives in the South Pacific. None of them ever talked about what they had done. I guess they just all did what they had to do and that was it. They never talked about or made any big deal out of any of it. I wish I could have known what they had done but they never said anything. I guess that's why they call them Heroes!

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What is it in our collective psyche that prevents us from learning the lessons taught in every war? Is armed conflict such a part of the species that we can't live without it and will almost certainly die from it?

I just don't get it.

One of the very best comments about war is the last word of  dialogue in the movie "the bridge on the river kwai".

It's not heroics or glory.....it's just madness.

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1 hour ago, VOSA said:

Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?
Where have all the flowers gone, long time ago?
Where have all the flowers gone?
Young girls have picked them everyone
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the young girls gone, long time passing?
Where have all the young girls gone, long time ago?
Where have all the young girls gone?
Gone for husbands everyone
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the husbands gone, long time passing?
Where have all the husbands gone, long time ago?
Where have all the husbands gone?
Gone for soldiers everyone
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the soldiers gone, long time passing?
Where have all the soldiers gone, long time ago?
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Gone to graveyards, everyone
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?
 

 

Nice song, but no comparison.  

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8 minutes ago, Dr Johnny Fever said:

What is it in our collective psyche that prevents us from learning the lessons taught in every war? Is armed conflict such a part of the species that we can't live without it and will almost certainly die from it?

I just don't get it.

One of the very best comments about war is the last word of  dialogue in the movie "the bridge on the river kwai".

It's not heroics or glory.....it's just madness.

No, it is not heroics or glory.  But if deploying a fleet after Pearl Harbor was madness, what was sane?  After Hitler conquered all of Europe, what was the free world to do that would be sane?  

A playground fist fight is insane, but how many times to you say "please don't" when a bully is punching you in the face?  The world has no principal to stop the madness.  We wish it did, and invent things like the League of Nations and the UN.  But the League of Nations failed to stop WWII, and the UN has given veto power to the most aggressive countries threatening the world.  The UN is practically a league of dictators.  

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