Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by K.V.Div, Nov 11, 2004.

  1. K.V.Div

    K.V.Div Member

    Another November 11th has arrived, marking the armistice between the Allied Forces and Germany, ending what was then called "The Great War" and later, the First World War.
    It was also refered to as "The War To End All Wars" due to its length, scope, ferocity and sheer brutality and yet, history has proven that it was only a taste of things to come.
    Since that first November 11th, 1918, we have gathered around our cenotaphs and memorials to honer those who have fallen, defending our freedom in an effort to make our world a safer place to live in.
    Whether you refer to it as Veterans Day, Rememberance Day or Armistice Day, I hope you all can all take a couple of minutes of your time at 11:00 AM on this day to think of and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

    The following was written by then Major John McCrea, a doctor assigned to the 1st Canadian Division during the 2nd battle of the Ypres Salient on the 3rd of May 1915.

    In Flanders Fields

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from our failing hands we throw
    The torch: be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

  2. SAL Comet

    SAL Comet Member

    Well said Terry, and thanks to everyone who has served there country in defense of our freedom.
  3. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    Amen Terry, Amen

    Both my parents immegrated for Holland and were born just before WW2. My mother will tell me of the Canadians that liberated her town in the closing days. I'd just like to take a moment to thank the veterans who gave of themselvles so others could live in freedom.
  4. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Amen to that Terry. My dad was a WWII veteran, and part of the Canadian army in Holland.

  5. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    The Toronto Transit Commission , Busses Streetcars and subways "stopped"
    For 2 min silence. As they always do.

    My Greatfull Thanks , It does`nt sound enough does it.

    But it comes from the heart.
  6. Sir_Prize

    Sir_Prize Member

    I noticed not many of us from "the states" have put in here.
    Is this becuase we were busy attending events?
    I myself was; Father was in the firing squad. It was quite nice, considering half the park
    had been blown away by Charley and his friends.
    Even though I have a bad heart and back because of the chemicals my Dad was exposed to
    because of his military service... I'M DAMN PROUD AND HAPPY HE DID!!!

    I'll step off my soapbox... next!

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