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jumbo
2005-Nov-11, 11:52 AM
Its coming up to that time again:

"They shall not grow 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"

Off now to have a few moments of quiet thought for the veterans (of whatever their nationalities) both living and dead.

Argos
2005-Nov-11, 01:10 PM
Currahee!

mahesh
2005-Nov-11, 01:23 PM
The Last Post

TheBlackCat
2005-Nov-11, 05:37 PM
We will never forget.

Jim
2005-Nov-11, 05:41 PM
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

Big Brother Dunk
2005-Nov-11, 06:25 PM
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.

TheBlackCat
2005-Nov-11, 07:07 PM
My grandfather is apparently in a ceremony by the Canadian government today for his service in WWII. All of my grandparents served, but he is the only one who is still alive. He is still in a club for people who were in his line of work, but the numbers are dropping quickly.


I've been ToSeeked by Dunk.


Ballad of the Green Beret

Fighting soldiers from the sky
Fearless men who jump and die
Men who mean just what they say
The brave men of the Green Beret

Silver wings upon their chest
These are men, America's best
One hundred men will test today
But only three win the Green Beret

Trained to live off nature's land
Trained in combat, hand-to-hand
Men who fight by night and day
Courage peak from the Green Berets

Silver wings upon their chest
These are men, America's best
One hundred men will test today
But only three win the Green Beret

Back at home a young wife waits
Her Green Beret has met his fate
He has died for those oppressed
Leaving her his last request

Put silver wings on my son's chest
Make him one of America's best
He'll be a man they'll test one day
Have him win the Green Beret.

The Supreme Canuck
2005-Nov-11, 10:05 PM
And not just those in the past. (http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/operations/images/ops_map72dpi_e.jpg)

genebujold
2005-Nov-12, 12:17 AM
I grieve, a reprieve, for all my brethren bare;
A dare, a grave, a brave human man
Did save the likes of me, from the barest graves over there.

GDwarf
2005-Nov-12, 12:26 AM
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.

We remember.

Gullible Jones
2005-Nov-12, 01:43 AM
You carried your torch and your fellow man's, through the darkest of hours, never letting go, though it cost your your lives.

We will never forget you.

Kristophe
2005-Nov-12, 06:08 PM
My grandfather is apparently in a ceremony by the Canadian government today for his service in WWII. All of my grandparents served, but he is the only one who is still alive. He is still in a club for people who were in his line of work, but the numbers are dropping quickly.

You mean the Legion?

They are our sons and daughters,
Our sisters and brothers,
Our mothers and fathers,
Our friends, family, and others.
May they live proud, and rest in peace.

TheBlackCat
2005-Nov-12, 06:40 PM
Actually, he and my Grandmother worked at a RADAR monitoring station on the Novia Scotia coast. That is where they met.

Moon Man
2005-Nov-12, 07:33 PM
For our king and our country and the promise of glory
We came from Kingston and Brighton to fight on the front line

Just lads from the farms and boys from the cities
Not meant to be soldiers who lay in the trenches

We'd face the fighting with a smile - or so we said
If only we had known what danger lay ahead

The sky turned to grey as we went into battle
On the fields of Europe young men were fallin'

I'll be back for you someday - it won't be long
If I can just hold on 'til this bloody war is over

The guns will be silent on Remembrance Day
There'll be no more fighting on Remembrance Day

By October of 18 Cambrai had fallen
Soon the war would be over and we'd be returnin'

Don't forget me while I'm gone far away
Well it won't be long 'till I'm back there in your arms again

The guns will be silent on Remembrance Day
There'll be no more fighting on Remembrance Day

One day soon - I don't know when
You know we'll all be free and the bells of peace will ring again

The time will come for you and me
We'll be goin' home when this bloody war is ended

The guns will be silent on Remembrance Day
We'll all say a prayer on Remembrance Day

On Remembrance Day - say a little prayer
On Remembrance Day
Say a little prayer - yeah!

Well the guns will be silent
There'll be no more fighting
Oh we'll lay down our weapons
On Remembrance Day
Oh Yeah!
On Remembrance Day...

paulie jay
2005-Nov-13, 12:03 AM
My father was in WWII as a gunner (he survived the war and died in 1978) - and I've managed to track down a copy of his actual enlistment application. It was a weird feeling reading over it for the first time - wondering what was going though his head and how he may have felt.