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To Honor the Fallen and Those Who Served

11 November, 2012

We have reached another Armistice Day (Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth, Veterans Day in the US), it seems odd to have it fall on a Sunday for some reason.

Originally created as a day to remember the end of the Great War, the Armistice that ended the war starting at 11:11am on 11 November, 1918, and those who served and died there.  Since then, it has been expanded to include the many others who have served and died for their country in honorable service through the years.

So let us honor the brave warriors that have guarded us -and still do- today.  However,  on today of all days we must not forget that war is a terrible thing.

Prologue Intended for a Dramatic Piece of King Edward the Fourth
William Blake

O for a voice like thunder, and a tongue
To drown the throat of war! When the senses
Are shaken, and the soul is driven to madness,
Who can stand? When the souls of the oppressed
Fight in the troubled air that rages, who can stand?
When the whirlwind of fury comes from the
Throne of God, when the frowns of His countenance
Drive the nations together, who can stand?
When Sin claps his broad wings over the battle,
And sails rejoicing in the flood of death;
When souls are torn to everlasting fire,
And fiends of hell rejoice upon the slain,
O who can stand? O who hath caused this?
O who can answer at the throne of God?
The Kings and Nobles of the land have done it!
Hear it not, Heaven, thy ministers have done it!

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3 comments

  1. Well said.


  2. Nearly all of my family have served this country. Thank you for this. That is a quite a striking bit of poetry.


    • You are most welcome. While I am not that deep into poetry, certain things seem best expressed by it.



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