Remembrance Day

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Today is Remembrance Day here in the UK and Veteran’s Day back in the States.  In memory of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I on the western front.  Today, throughout Britain memorial ceremonies were celebrated by two minutes of silence at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – the time with the Armistice was put into effect.  At these ceremonies poppy wreathes are layed in front of the many monunments to fallen soldiers found throughout the United Kingdom.  On my way up to school today I passed two of them. 

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Memorial to the members of the Black Watch who died in the South African War 1899-1902

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And this one to those who fell in in the war in Spain between 1936-1939.

In the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day people pin poppies to their lapels as a tribute to the fallen soldiers.  I find it a poignant reminder of the steep price paid for our liberties, especially at a time of war such as we find ourselves in now. 

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Of course, the poppies are a tribute to Lt. Colonel John McCrae’s beautiful and haunting poem In Flander’s Field.

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.

About Rebecca

Hi! After five years in Europe, I'm adjusting to life back in the US. I use this blog to record my adventures, post photos, organize recipes, and post about things that interest me.
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2 Responses to Remembrance Day

  1. geeeeeeeeh, i spent almost 20 hours (starting yesterday) going over your blog. I had a great time… cheers and enjoy life more!

  2. Rea Berg says:

    Lovely ponderings and pics of Remembrance Day. I didn’t know the significance of the eleventh hour, eleventh day etc. Thank you for that! So glad you posted In Flander’s Field also. It seems every age has their own particular brand of evil that we must take up the torch and fight against. Also in every age there will be those of moral ambiguity that attempt to downplay the seriousness of the threats. England had its Churchill that was often a lone voice and we have had our Reagan. I wonder who will be the strong voice for this age? Thanks for the thought provoking post. Love you.

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