Remembrance Day/Armistice Day November 11, 2008

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    Nov 10, 2008 12:34 PM GMT
    Remembrance Day, Poppy Day, Armistice Day or Veterans Day
    Remembrance Day [Australia, Canada, United Kingdom], also known as Poppy Day [Malta and South Africa], Veterans Day [USA, and Armistice Day [France, New Zealand, and many other British Commonwealth countries]; is a day to commemorate the sacrifice of veterans and civilians in World War 1, World War 2, and all other wars.

    It is observed on 11th November to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918. [At 11am a two minute silence is observed at war memorials, cenotaphs, religious services and shopping centres throughout Britain; the Great War ended at the11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month]. The observance is specifically dedicated to members of the armed forces who were killed during war.


    Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace. We honour those who fought for Canada in the First World War (1914-191icon_cool.gif, the Second World War (1939-1945), and the Korean War (1950-1953), as well as those who have served since then. More than 1,500,000 Canadians have served our country in this way, and more than 100,000 have died. They gave their lives and their futures so that we may live in peace.



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    Nov 10, 2008 4:54 PM GMT
    Remember, Remember the 5th of November
    The Gunpowder Treason, and Plot
    I can think of no Reason
    Why the Gunpowder Treason
    Should ever be Forgot
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    Nov 10, 2008 5:15 PM GMT
    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.

    By Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae
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    Nov 10, 2008 5:17 PM GMT
    Both my grandfathers and three great uncles fought in World War I. My Mom's first cousin flew Hawker Hurricane fighter-bombers over Burma in World War II. No matter what your feelings are about the legitimacy of the conflicts, remember the suffering and sacrifice that the men and women made and continue to make for their countries.

    Below is the link to the poem "In Flanders Fields" written by a Canadian surgeon in 1915.

    http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/flanders.htm
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    Nov 10, 2008 10:34 PM GMT
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    Nov 10, 2008 11:47 PM GMT


    ‘Till the Boys Come Home (1914)

    They were summoned from the hillside,
    They were called in from the glen,
    And the Country found them ready
    At the stirring call for men. Let no tears add to their hardship,
    As the Soldiers pass along,
    And although your heart is breaking,
    Make it sing this cheery song.

    Keep the home fires burning,
    While your hearts are yearning,
    Though your lads are far away
    They dream of Home;
    There’s a silver lining
    Through the dark cloud shining,
    Turn the dark cloud inside out,
    Till the boys come Home.
    Over seas there came a pleading, “Help a Nation in distress!”
    And we gave our glorious laddies;
    Honour bade us do no less.

    -unknown
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    Nov 10, 2008 11:55 PM GMT


    There were some beautiful songs about the war from Quebec, but I can't find them as my French is not good enough to navigate the Quebec archive sites.

    -Doug of meninlove
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    Nov 10, 2008 11:57 PM GMT
    lest we forget.....australia does 2 mine silince for remberance day too.. do all countrys do it...i had family in the wars so i hold it close to my heart...on a less important note its also my bday today an im 18 yay but never the less rtember the soldiers who died for us icon_cry.gif
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    Nov 11, 2008 12:07 AM GMT
    Well down here in Oz. We just had the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month. Remembrance day. Where at 11Am we have a few moments of silence, to remember our fallen. Our servicemen.
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    Nov 11, 2008 8:06 AM GMT
    Pattison saidWell down here in Oz. We just had the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month. Remembrance day. Where at 11Am we have a few moments of silence, to remember our fallen. Our servicemen.


    Same here in Canada. It's something the common wealth countries do.
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    Nov 11, 2008 8:52 AM GMT
    Buckwheet saidRemember, Remember the 5th of November
    The Gunpowder Treason, and Plot
    I can think of no Reason
    Why the Gunpowder Treason
    Should ever be Forgot


    I loved that time of year as a child. Bonfires all over the place. Bonfire Night in commemoration of the Gunpowder plot, bonfires were lit every year on the night of 5th of November and an effigy of Guy Fawkes is burned on top. Fireworks accompanied the burning of the guy. Oh how I miss those firecrackers too.

    I did not understand then, why my catholic mom, would do her best to keep me in on such an exciting night of the year. Now I know, with a smile on my face, and happy I always went out anyway. I had a great time.

    But we don't do it here anymore. I wonder if the pommies still do?
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    Nov 11, 2008 9:11 AM GMT
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    Buckwheet saidRemember, Remember the 5th of November
    The Gunpowder Treason, and Plot
    I can think of no Reason
    Why the Gunpowder Treason
    Should ever be Forgot


    I loved that time of year as a child. Bonfires all over the place. Bonfire Night in commemoration of the Gunpowder plot, bonfires were lit every year on the night of 5th of November and an effigy of Guy Fawkes is burned on top. Fireworks accompanied the burning of the guy. Oh how I miss those firecrackers too.

    I did not understand then, why my catholic mom, would do her best to keep me in on such an exciting night of the year. Now I know, with a smile on my face, and happy I always went out anyway. I had a great time.

    But we don't do it here anymore. I wonder if the pommies still do?




    Yep still happens here.
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    Our hands are humbly off today for the men and women that fought and are fighting and peacekeeping to make a difference.

    To all the veterans, young and old that are on this site, and those struggling on battlefields in places like Afghanistan;

    we respectfully salute you.

    -Doug and Bill of meninlove
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    Nov 11, 2008 11:00 PM GMT
    For Canadian RJ members there is a great website of war veterans that includes photos, letters home, etc..

    The link below is to my maternal grandfather who fought in World War I. He lost his hearing in his left ear due to not being woken up by his gun crew. They felt sorry for him because he had not slept in 60 hours or so.

    http://www.canadianletters.ca/template.php?collectionid=222&warid=3&mediaid=4646