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    Lest we forget...

    For the Fallen


    BY LAURENCE BINYON

    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 of 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.



    We will remember them.

    As it is Rememberance Sunday today,although the 11th falls tomorrow,perhaps the above may focus our minds a little.


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    Very true, my Wife and I will be attending our village memorial service this morning and wearing our poppies with pride.

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    'Jack fell as he'd have wished,' the mother said,
    And folded up the letter that she'd read.
    'The Colonel writes so nicely.' Something broke
    In the tired voice that quavered to a choke.
    She half looked up. 'We mothers are so proud
    Of our dead soldiers.' Then her face was bowed.

    Quietly the Brother Officer went out.
    He'd told the poor old dear some gallant lies
    That she would nourish all her days, no doubt
    For while he coughed and mumbled, her weak eyes
    Had shone with gentle triumph, brimmed with joy,
    Because he'd been so brave, her glorious boy.

    He thought how 'Jack', cold-footed, useless swine,
    Had panicked down the trench that night the mine
    Went up at Wicked Corner; how he'd tried
    To get sent home, and how, at last, he died,
    Blown to small bits. And no one seemed to care
    Except that lonely woman with white hair.
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    Annoyingly I've got a 2hr road trip this morning ... but I shall pull over at 1100hrs and pay my respects in silence.
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    Seems like Corbyn and McDonnel forgot last night, they failed to show at the British Legion Festival of Remembrance.

    Disgraceful.
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    I awake each morning and count my blessings; not least of these is that I am (reasonably) free. I was born in 1944 so realise how close we came to be deprived of freedom.

    I am grateful to the many of my Dad's generation that had to lay down their lives to give me a life without hideous war.

    I will of course bow my head later this morning as we remember. .................................................I P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowley_1812 View Post
    Annoyingly I've got a 2hr road trip this morning ... but I shall pull over at 1100hrs and pay my respects in silence.
    I can distinctly remember, as a child in the late forties, whatever day it fell on, on 11/11 at 11:00 everything stopped and complete silence.
    In the street, men removed their hats, and all vehicles halted.
    The bus drivers and conductors alighted their motors and removed caps.
    Trains were re-scheduled to stop at a station on their route to coincide with 11 o'clock.
    A cough or a sneeze or even a shuffle received a look of admonishment.
    Stillness and silence for those couple of minutes was sacrosanct.

    Respect seems now to have been relegated to a concept in football, where they still kick the proverbial out of each other, after standing for a minute at the start to virtue signal someone's demise.
    I'm too old for all this.
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    I've visited the battlefields in Normandy and The Somme, to see all the cemeteries makes you realise what went on. I don't want to re visit, it's an upsetting experience.
    I was born in 1939, just a few months before war was declared.
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    Well from a police point of view, we have total radio silence unless urgent and all cars pull to the side of the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    I've visited the battlefields in Normandy and The Somme, to see all the cemeteries makes you realise what went on. I don't want to re visit, it's an upsetting experience.
    I was born in 1939, just a few months before war was declared.
    We went to Ypres in Begium a couple of years back,they hold a short service at Menin Gate each evening,very moving.
    Last summer we visited some of the landing beaches in Normandy and the main cemetery in Bayeux,at both places the list of names with no known resting place is very striking.
    I seem to be the youngster in this company,born November 1950!
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