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In the silence of remembrance

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If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD, Canadian Army (1872-1918)
This year, Armistice Day, November 11, marks the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Henry Allingham, 112, will be joined by Harry Patch, 110, and William Stone, 108, the only other known surviving veterans of the Great War in Britain, at the Cenotaph in London on Tuesday November 11 for a service of remembrance.

The Royal British Legion has organized many of the commemorations.

At the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey, on Remembrance Sunday and in the silence observed on 11 November at 11 am, we recall the sacrifices of thousands of British and Commonwealth servicemen and their wives, mothers, daughters and sisters.

The men fought for freedom. The women ran canteens, nursed the ill and injured, and drove ambulances onto battlefields to retrieve their wounded men.

On November 11, in America, Veterans Day honours the sacrifices of American soldiers.

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.

From The Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon

Comments (1)

killemallletgodsortemout:

Went to the service this morning. In 30 years I cannot recall the church being as packed. No room AT ALL.

Perhaps we're getting our Britishness back, a little bit.

Great post. Thanks.

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