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In Remembrance of Honorable Soldiers

11 November, 2010

We have reached another Armistice Day (Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth, Veterans Day in the US, ).  Originally 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.

If you remember, pause for a minute of silence to honor the brave warriors that have guarded us -and still do- at 11:11am.

Though do not let us forget that war is a terrible thing as well.

When You See Millions of the Mouthless Dead
Charles Hamilton Sorley (1895-1915)
When you see millions of the mouthless dead
Across your dreams in pale battalions go,
Say not soft things as other men have said,
That you’ll remember. For you need not so.
Give them not praise. For, deaf, how should they know
It is not curses heaped on each gashed head?
Nor tears. Their blind eyes see not your tears flow.
Nor honour. It is easy to be dead.
Say only this, “They are dead.” Then add thereto,
“Yet many a better one has died before.”
Then, scanning all the o’ercrowded mass, should you
Perceive one face that you loved heretofore,
It is a spook. None wears the face you knew.
Great death has made all his for evermore.

3 comments

  1. I had forgotten Veterans Day’s origin in Armistice Day. It won’t be long now before there aren’t any veterans still living from the war it was originally intended to commemorate.


    • I believe we lost the last veterans of the Great War earlier this year. For such a major conflict, it has faded far in popular memory.


  2. Sean,
    From a veteran thanks for putting this up.



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