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Tomorrow is Armistace Day ( I think you folks in the US call it Remebrance Day or Veterans Day ).......anyway.....a long time ago our old mate Roger Bilko did a very nice tribute using an EAW sunset......here it is

LEST WE FORGET S!

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Canada - Remembrance Day

U.S. - Veterans Day

Newfoundland - Armistice Day/Remembrance Day

In Flanders Fields

By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)

Canadian Army

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.

S!

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One of the most moving Great War poems is also among the shortest:

HERE DEAD WE LIE

Here dead we lie

Because we did not choose

To live and shame the land

From which we sprung.

Life, to be sure,

Is nothing much to lose.

But young men think it is,

And we were young.

-- A. E. Housman

Housman (poet famous for "A Shopshire Lad") lost a son in the war. He wrote this shortly after the Armistice.

(And Bilkers, you are much missed.)

S!

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"I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom."

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~S~

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S!

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A Pittance of Time always brings tears to my eyes. It's about 5C and pouring rain here but the old vets WILL be out for the parade and service at our national memorial on Water St. I have a friend whos 84 and served on in the Royal Navy in WWII. He was on the small boats at the start of the war and ended up in the battleships Anson and Howe. He's about 5'4" and maybe 120lbs and a real gentleman. God Bless 'em all.

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S! reminds as well of how much I miss my ole pal Binky.. Hope things are ok for him. If anyone has a good email addy for him, I would appreciate it.

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