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Old 11-11-2010, 12:42 PM
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Default Remembrance Day 2010

"and you will hear of wars, and rumours of wars, all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet."

Across the Commonwealth we remember the war dead today. We usually do this by having two mins national silence at 11am on the day itself, and the closest Sunday also. We buy and wear paper poppies sold to us by the Royal Legion and the likes to raise money by donations for wounded soldiers and the likes. On Sunday there is a State Ceremony at the National Whitehall Cenotaph. These Poppies are worn because the battle fields in France where most of the fighting in the First Great War took place are, and were indeed at the time, full of poppies.

Our Government Leaders went out to talk trade with China this past week, and refused to take their poppies off. China doesnt use the Poppy or Armistace Day to celebrate the war dead...and mistakenly thought the British were wearing Poppies to signify their victories in the Two Opium Wars at the end of the 1800s
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:22 PM
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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.

-- Lt. Col. John Alexander McCrae, M.D. (November 30, 1872 - January 28, 1918)
"Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man! We shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out."
--Hugh Latimer, October 16, 1555
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:04 PM
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So Silent Now
Now The Guns Have Stopped
I Have Survived All
I Who Knew I Would Not
But Now You Are Not Here
I Shall Go Home Alone
And Must Try To Live Life As Before
And Hide My Grief
For You My Dearest Friend
Who Should Be With Me Now
Not Cold
To Soon
And In Thy Grave
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