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    The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

    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.

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    Currahee!

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    We will never forget.

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    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.
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    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.

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    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.


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    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.

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    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.

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    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.


    We remember.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBlackCat
    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.

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    Actually, he and my Grandmother worked at a RADAR monitoring station on the Novia Scotia coast. That is where they met.

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    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...

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    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.

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