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Remembrance Day 2016
1914 - 1918

The War To End Wars

11th November, 1918 - Armistice Day

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month guns fell silent; peace was declared the war the end wars was over.

And here we are over ninety years later, parts of the war are still at war. What a testament.

I'm not particularly religious, but there's a Remembrance Day poem that has always had special meaning to me on this day. Those of my family, including my father and grand-father who between them fought in the world wars, came home, but all too many men and women from other families didn't. And the sentiments have as much meaning for wars since the 'war to end all wars'.

This year, with my father dying a few weeks ago, Remembrance Day is even more poignant to me and makes me even more thoughtful. We buried Dad a week ago yesterday and the British Legion played a large part in the occasion. They carried his coffin and were involved in lowering the coffin into the ground (it's a Scottish thing). And finally and most poignantly, at the very end after the Minister had done his bit they performed a Poppy Ceremony whereby several of them drop poppy petals down onto the coffin. It was extremely fitting, not only because of the time of year, but also because Mother and I decided on close family flowers only and asked anyone who cared to do so to donate to PoppyScotland. Father hated fuss and ceremony, but he would have approved in this.

Thus I am sharing this with you today, in the hope that we can all remember those who fought and died for us all in whatever war it was.

I'm only quoting the first and last few lines, as it is these that mean the most on this day. The poem is by Helen Steiner Rice and is copied from a book called Lovingly

They served and fought and died
So that we might be safe and free,
Grant them, O Lord, Eternal peace
And give them 'the victory'!
And in these days of unrest,
Filled with grave uncertainty
Let's not forget the price they paid
To keep our country free...
And so, on this Remembrance Day,
We offer up a prayer -
May the people of all Nations
Be united in thy care . . .

The final few lines are also meaningful.

And grant us heavenly guidance
As war threatens us again
For, more than guided missiles
All the world need guided men.

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liadtbunny From: liadtbunny Date: 11th November 2016 14:47 (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful poem and the sentiments are still relevant.

nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 12th November 2016 13:26 (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you thought so too. Thank you. Oh, yes, very much so.

caffyolay From: caffyolay Date: 11th November 2016 15:08 (UTC) (Link)
What a beautiful post. *Gentle hugs*
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 12th November 2016 13:26 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you very much *Hugs*
shooting2kill From: shooting2kill Date: 11th November 2016 16:38 (UTC) (Link)
A beautiful poem, thank you.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 12th November 2016 13:27 (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you enjoyed the poem. Thank you.
duckys_lady From: duckys_lady Date: 11th November 2016 23:54 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for sharing this beautiful post.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 12th November 2016 13:27 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for reading and finding it thus *Hugs*
timetiger From: timetiger Date: 12th November 2016 05:06 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for this post. *hugs*
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 12th November 2016 13:27 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome. Thank you for reading. *Hugs*
ami_ven From: ami_ven Date: 12th November 2016 06:01 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for sharing that. It always seems a little sadder to think that for people at the time, the Great War was the absolute worst thing they thought could happen to humanity, that it was just too big and too horrible to happen again - the War to End all wars. But we haven't learned at all.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 12th November 2016 13:28 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome. Thank you for reading and commenting.

I know what you mean :-( We certainly haven't, which is so very sad. *Hugs*
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