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Remembrance Day

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by abnormaltoy, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013
    The UK and Canada (the rest of the Commonwealth?) remember today, those that gave their last in battle.

    We share your loss.
  2. john lavelle

    john lavelle Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 25, 2012
    North Carolina
    Amen Mark....
  3. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
    We should always remember and honor those who served and sacrificed.
  4. The Strat Dude

    The Strat Dude Dental Floss farmer Strat-Talk Supporter

    I could not agree more
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  5. Bodean

    Bodean Rock N Roll Ain't Noise Pollution Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    Here here, I second the motion. Thank you to all that served.
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  6. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Senior Stratmaster

    May 2, 2016
    Cranston, Rhode Island
    Ty to all even you navy guys
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  7. T Bone Slort

    T Bone Slort "I have a cunning plan" Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 7, 2014
    Gibsons British Columbia
    Going over to the cenotaph for the ceremony in about an hour.

    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.

    Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae
    Canadian Expeditionary Force

    May 3 1915
  8. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013
    That always gets me.
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  9. Mouse

    Mouse The Knees of Rock Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 25, 2012
    New Jersey
    I've been wearing a poppy I bought in London. Thanks to all her served and especially to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
  10. montemerrick

    montemerrick spiritual birthday, April 1 Strat-Talk Supporter

    the history of Armistice Day and how it developed across different nations over the decades since 1919 (the first Armistice day) is very interesting ...

    it should be remembered, above all else, that it began as a day of celebrating a horrifying war's end and mourning what was lost - the 20 million lives in WW1 and the grieving families who survived them...

    Treating the day as a glorification of the eternal stupidity of war, as is so commonly done, is a vulgar rebuke of war's living and dead victims, in uniform or out, - of the incalculable and immoral suffering wars cause.
  11. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013

    No one here is celebrating. I can think of little worse than dying cold, scared and alone in a strange land.
  12. The Strat Dude

    The Strat Dude Dental Floss farmer Strat-Talk Supporter

    I from the bottom of my heart am eternally grateful to those who gave all and those who continue to give , end of story.
  13. garyhoos1

    garyhoos1 Huffing n Puffing. Silver Member

    Jan 28, 2012
    North Wales and Somerset.
    A pic of my late grandad went to sea in 39 came back in 45, no big deal he never stopped smiling.
    A few medals he left me.

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  14. AncientAx

    AncientAx Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 24, 2010
  15. mshivy

    mshivy Most Honored Senior Member

    Bless all our soldiers, and especially the ones who gave their lives for us
  16. stratobiker

    stratobiker Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 16, 2011
    Lest we forget.....they gave their all......lest we forget the futility of war.....
  17. T Bone Slort

    T Bone Slort "I have a cunning plan" Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 7, 2014
    Gibsons British Columbia
    Yup my dad too, Aug 1940 - Aug 1945 RCNVR
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  18. Hal Nico

    Hal Nico Senior Stratmaster

    Apr 28, 2012
    My father fought in the 2nd World war in the East Yorkshire rifles.

    Although not written as a piece of music about or for war Elgar's,"Nimrod" is often played or performed at Memorial occasions in the UK.
    To me it sums up the sadness and heroism of those from,"All" nations who gave their lives for our freedoms that we all too often take for granted.

  19. lonegroover

    lonegroover Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 5, 2016
    So Abram rose, and clave the wood, and went,
    And took the fire with him, and a knife.
    And as they sojourned both of them together,
    Isaac the first-born spake and said, My Father,
    Behold the preparations, fire and iron,
    But where the lamb for this burnt-offering?

    Then Abram bound the youth with belts and straps,
    and builded parapets and trenches there,
    And stretchèd forth the knife to slay his son.
    When lo! an angel called him out of heaven,
    Saying, Lay not thy hand upon the lad,
    Neither do anything to him. Behold,
    A ram, caught in a thicket by its horns;
    Offer the Ram of Pride instead of him.

    But the old man would not so, but slew his son,
    And half the seed of Europe, one by one.

    Wilfred Owen
  20. lonegroover

    lonegroover Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 5, 2016
    Remembrance Day in the UK is indelibly associated with the moment the guns fell silent at the end of the Great War, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

    That war, the First World War as it's also known of course, was a uniquely horrific conflict fought in hellish conditions, with carnage on an obscene, industrial scale.

    At Verdun there were about a million casualties and 400,000 killed. That was a battle lasting about 300 days. About 1300 people killed, on average, every day for more than nine months.

    At the Somme, 20,000 British soldiers died on the first day of the battle. That's more than 40 times the number of British service personnel killed in Afghanistan since 2001, and all on the same, grim, bloody day. Imagine all those families receiving that news over a period of days or weeks.


    The photo above is of my maternal grandfather. It was taken at a studio in Gateshead in 1919.

    He didn't fight in the Great War. Like so many young men of the time he was itching to go and fight for King and Country, but the war inconveniently came to an end three days before his eighteenth birthday.

    He was in the Royal Horse Artillery. He was given the dress uniform pictured to take part in a recruitment tour - this mainly involved a lot of charging around parks on horseback to encourage the lads who came to watch to join up.

    He met my grandmother only months before being posted to India, and didn't see her again until he came back in 1926. They were married shortly afterwards. I find that remarkable. No Facebook or Skype in those days, and I doubt my grandmother's family had a telephone even if international calls were possible.

    I don't know if he met my other grandfather - I suppose he must have done. If he could have spoken to him about his time in the war, he wouldn't be sorry he'd missed out. My dad's father was a medical orderly at Ypres. But he could never be drawn to say a single word about it. He'd sternly shake his head, and say that some things were best forgotten.