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hmsantrim

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Lest we forget
« on: November 11, 2012, 01:53:32 PM »

 
SUNDAY  11.11.12

     
  for those who have no grave but the sea
   Frank
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Re: Lest we forget
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2012, 02:19:35 PM »

Well done that man.  Thank you.
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Re: Lest we forget
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2012, 02:21:46 PM »

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
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Re: Lest we forget
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2012, 02:40:15 PM »

Thanks Frank.

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Re: Lest we forget
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2012, 03:11:00 PM »

I do not know your name, but I know you died
I do not know from where you came, but I know you died

Your uniform, branch of service, it matters not to me
Whether Volunteer or Conscript, or how it came to be
That politicians' failures, or some power-mad ambition
Brought you too soon to your death, in the name of any nation

You saw, you felt, you knew full well, as friend and foe were taken
By bloody death, that your life too, was forfeit and forsaken
Yet on you went and fought and died, in your close and private hell
For Mate or Pal or Regiment and memories never to tell

It was for each other, through shot and shell, the madness you endured
Side by side, through wound and pain, and comradeship assured
No family ties, or bloodline link, could match that bond of friend
Who shared the horror and kept on going, at last until the end

We cannot know, we were not there, it's beyond our comprehension
To know the toll that battle brings, of resolute intention
To carry on, day by day, for all you loved and hoped for
To live in peace a happy life, away from bloody war

For far too many, no long life ahead, free of struggle and pain and the gun
And we must remember the price that was paid, by each and every one
Regardless of views, opinions aside, no matter how each of us sees it
They were there and I cannot forget, even though I did not live it

I do not know your name, but I know you died
I do not know from where you came, but I know you died
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Re: Lest we forget
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2012, 03:42:03 PM »

RIP Joseph Bowen Vaughan
AB Gunlayer
HMS Defence
Battle of Jutland
My Grans brother.

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Re: Lest we forget
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2012, 07:18:09 PM »

As i was in my local shopping centre,paying my respect the youngster of today do-not realise if it wasn`t for these people who gave there life for us these youngsters would not be here today.Not a clue why so many people standing still.Do schools still teach "history" to teach these people respect on "remembrance day" .Really annoyed me.baloo
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Re: Lest we forget
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2012, 07:22:26 PM »

Today like so many others we respected the two minutes silence Its hard to imagine what so many brave people went through to give us what we have today. They have my everlasting Thanks. John.
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Re: Lest we forget
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2012, 08:02:57 PM »

We watched it at home on TV and yes, we observed the silence.
 
We have also visited many of the WW1 and WW2 cemeteries in France, not out of morbid interest but simply to pay our respects. My generation never had to participate in a major war, something for which I am profoundly grateful. My father did and I and profoundly grateful to him too.
 
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Re: Lest we forget
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2012, 09:55:16 PM »

I was very impressed this morning at the Warwick Show,that the managegement shortly before 11am broadcast over the speaker system the chimes of Big Ben.Everyone within my sight at the show stopped and stood still for the 2 minutes silence.It was very moving to see this simple act being so well respected.Even the Warships being demonstrated on the pool stopped,and after the last post reumed in "line ahead"
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Re: Lest we forget
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2012, 10:07:05 PM »

They are pretty good at the show for the 2 min silence. It wa observed at home, explined it to my son who I think understands.

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Re: Lest we forget
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2012, 11:13:00 PM »

Do schools still teach "history" to teach these people respect on "remembrance day"

Last year my, (then), 11 yr old said they'd had the 2 minutes silence at school.  It was only today when we'd watched and observed it at home, that I realised they hadn't been taught what they were remembering - he does now though :-))


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Re: Lest we forget
« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2012, 06:34:28 PM »

  Remembrance Day
   
He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.
 
Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.
 
And tho' sometimes to his neighbours
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew whereof he spoke.
 
But we'll hear his tales no longer,
For old Bob has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer
For a Soldier died today.
 
He won't be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.
 
He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won't note his passing,
Tho' a Soldier died today.
 
When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state.
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.
 
Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young.
But the passing of a Soldier
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.
 
Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Someone who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?
 
Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?
 
The politicianís stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.
 
While the ordinary Soldier,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension - though small.
 
It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.
 
Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever waffling stand?
 
Or would you want a Soldier -
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Soldier,
Who would fight until the end?
 
He was just a common Soldier,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his like again.
 
For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Soldier's part,
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.
 
If we cannot do him honour
While he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage
At the ending of his days.
 
Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:
"OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
A SOLDIER DIED TODAY."
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Re: Lest we forget
« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2012, 06:51:23 PM »

DickyD,
every word the truth.
My Dad (WW2) and Grandad (WW1) where soldiers and all my family remember and understand the meaning of 11.11.11 every year
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