Thank you - we haven't forgotten.

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  1. ManlyBanisters

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    Today is the 11th of November.

    90 years ago today hostilities in World War I came to an official end.

    This day commemorates all the war dead - especially from WWI and WWII but from other conflicts past and present.

    Here in my locale, in France, three wreaths were laid at the monument and the Tricoleur, the Union Flag and the Star and Stripes are flying at half mast from behind it.

    In the larger town nearby the flags of all the alied nations are flying and a wreath was laid for the fallen enemy as well.

    What way do you remember in your town? Was it today, was it the weekend just past? Has the custom died out anywhere yet? I hope not.
     
  2. D_Jared Padalicki

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    We remember it by a day off in the whole country (Belgium) and the king will visit the grave of the unknown soldier. Also in Ypres they will play the last post underneath the 'Menenpoort'. Very touchy Last post.
     
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    I hope we never forget, no matter what age we are. Today in my village we lay a wreath of poppies at our war memorial stone on the common. Just a small service for a small village, but all over the the UK, similar services happen, and yesterday (Remembrance Sunday) we had our annual ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall. A national two minutes silence is observed at 11 a.m.

    Remembrance Sunday UK
     
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    Here in the States, we're honoring Veterans Day...and though I live in a state capital city, I sadly cannot tell you what ceremonies are being carried out, neither here nor on the national stage.
     
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    The small town I live in now laid many wreaths at different site through out the city. We also stood for a few minutes of silence as the radio played traditional songs.
     
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    Buffalo has a ceremony at the Veterans Naval Park
     
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    In London today, our three surviving WWI veterans laid wreaths at the cenotaph. They are 108, 110 and 112 respectively and an inspiration to all.
    We will remember them :smile:
     
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    My small home town celebrates Veterans' Day each year with a parade.


    Freedom comes with a price lest we forget.
     
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    It is almost unknown in the US that it used to be Armistice Day, celebrating the war to end all wars, and make the world safe for democracy.

    I think it is a bit redundant to have a Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, (which started out, I have been told, as Decoration Day, decorating graves and honoring Confederate dead, the Wiki article says Union) as well as a Veterans day. I call it Armistice Day, being a peacenik, but with a grandfather who served in both world wars, and retired as an Admiral. My Father was in the Korean war.
     
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    In Canada we have a very special place for our Veterans who
    served and for those who never made it back. The following
    poem is taught to every child in school and Poppies are sold every year.




    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.

    — Lt.-Col. John McCrae




    ""In Flanders Fields" one of the most famous poems written during the First World War, and has been called "the most popular poem" produced during that period.It is written in the form of a French rondeau. Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote it on May 3, 1915, after he witnessed the death of his friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, the day before. The poem was first published on December 8, that year in Punch magazine.
     
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