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Thank you, brave soldiers

11 November, 2011

We have reached another Armistice Day, Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth, Veterans Day here in the US.  Originally to commemorate the ending 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 two minutes of silence to honor the brave soldiers that have guarded us –and still do– at 11:11am today.

However, do not let us forget that war is a tragic time.

WITH AN IDENTITY DISC by WILFRED OWEN

If ever I had dreamed of my dead name
High in the heart of London, unsurpassed
By Time for ever, and the Fugitive, Fame,
There taking a long sanctuary at last,

I better that; and recollect with shame
How once I longed to hide it from life’s heats
Under those holy cypresses, the same
That keep in shade the quiet place of Keats.

Now, rather, thank I God there is no risk
Of gravers scoring it with florid screed,
But let my death be memoried on this disc.
Wear it, sweet friend. Inscribe no date nor deed.
But let thy heart-beat kiss it night and day,
Until the name grow vague and wear away.

Thank you again for your brave service, soldiers past and present.

Pax Vobiscum.

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