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Remembrance Sunday -'Their names will live for evermore'

Postby apowell » Tue Nov 03, 2009 7:36 am

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month

'For the Fallen'
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.
Fourth stanza of 'For the Fallen' by Laurence Binyon (1869 - 1943))

The signing of the Armistice, on 11th November 1918, signalled the end of World War One.

At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare.
Rememberance Day is a special day set aside to remember all those men and women who were killed during the two World Wars and other conflicts. At one time the day was known as Armistice Day and was renamed Remembrance Day after the Second World War.
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 the guns fell silent bringing to end the bloody carnage of the First World War.This was not the end of the pain and suffering for the families of those who had fallen or those that had fought and were maimed both physically and mentally.

The first official poppy appeal began on the 11th November 1921 and the poppy was chosen because during some of the most bloodiest battles fought in Flanders and Picardy the poppy was the only living thing that grew in no mans land. Dr John McCrae of the Canadian army was so moved after witnessing the bloody battle of Ypres in 1915 he wrote :

In Flanders' Fields
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
(1872 – 1918)

The Nation Remembers
Remembrance Day and the Two Minute Silence have been observed since the end of the First World War, but their relevance remains undiminished. When we bow our heads in reflection, we remember those who fought for our freedom during the two World Wars. But we also mourn and honour those who have lost their lives in more recent conflicts. Today, with troops on duty in Afghanistan and other trouble spots around the world, Remembrance, and this two minute tribute, are as important as ever. Rememberance Sunday is a time for all of us to show our respect and honour those that gave the ultimate sacrafice.
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Re: 'Their names will live for evermore'

Postby peterd » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:00 pm

totally agree with you adrian, i think peoples lives move too quick and either they forget about the sacrifice our service personel have made over the last 100 year and more or they dont have the time to stop and think, that why remeberance sunday is so important and not forgetting where you are at 11am on the 11/11 people should stop what there doing and give the 2 mins respected that the members of the armed forces deserve wheather you agree with the polictics or not.
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Re: 'Their names will live for evermore'

Postby MarkCDodd » Tue Nov 03, 2009 7:12 pm

Australia stops to remember on two days per year.

ANZAC Day on the 25th April and Rememberance Day ont he 11th November.

The battle we have is educating the young that remembering the sacrifices of our armed services is not glorifying war.

We can appreciate the courage and feel the losses and be proud of ancestors who "did their duty" without even agreeing with whatever politics got them there.

This was a problem with our troops who fought in Vietnam.

For many years they were treated like vermin by Australian youth misled by the small snippets they saw on television of the first televised war.

Education fixed that and the Vietnam Veterans can march just as proudly as the others.

There are web sites that attack our WWI veterans and question wether we should be proud of men who shot prisoners and sometimes thought killing in war was a "sport".

Trying to educate these idiots is futile.
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Re: 'Their names will live for evermore'

Postby snoopysue » Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:18 pm

I heard some years ago that since the 2 World War (I think), not one years has gone by without a member of the British Armed Forces losing their life somewhere in the world. It makes you think, the cost some pay for our peace.
I live in a country that doesn't really appreciate or understand the important contribution that these men and women make on our behalf. A lot of people think that there is too much money spent on defence and defending people outside of thier borders. In the 1st world war they were neutral, and in the 2nd they were occupied by the Germans (not at all in the same way as countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium and France). I make the argument that somebody needs to help out where needed - if no-one had done that in 1939, where would we be today.
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Their names will live for evermore

Postby apowell » Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:26 am

I wanted to thank all those who have contributed to our Roll of Honour section to remember and honour their fallen relatives. We have received over 1000 views on the section which is fantastic news.

Please contine to post your tributes to help keep alive the ultimate sacrifice these people gave for all of us today and please observe the two minute silence.
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