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Their Name Liveth For Evermore. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
Their Name Liveth For Evermore.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning /

We will remember them.

Remembrance Day

To the memory of HM Forces, their Allies, and all who served Liberty.

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bufo_viridis From: bufo_viridis Date: November 11th, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
We have the song about red poppy flowers - but growing on the slopes of Monte Cassino, not in the fields of Flanders.
And today is the Indenpedence Day...
wemyss From: wemyss Date: November 11th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hard Fighting at Cassino.

Hard fighting at the Falaise Gap, too, for the Poles and all the Allies.

Plenty of places for poppies, all over Europe, from 1914 - 1945.
dolorous_ett From: dolorous_ett Date: November 11th, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
We will remember them.
avus From: avus Date: November 19th, 2005 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Taking a moment to keep up w/ my worthy friends.

You say it briefer & more elegantly than did I -- using, of course, words of the Service -- but I think we're saying similar things.

We remember not only those who served, and especially those who were wounded and who died in service, but also we remember their families. Too often, at least on this side of the pond, their sacrifice goes unremembered. And I strongly believe that remembering either one doesn't diminish, but further honors the other.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: November 26th, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

I Despise LJ's Comment-Notification Lapses.


Sorry abt the delay in seeing this.

So glad you're still well and with us.

From the local newspaper: An 81-year-old ex-naval gunner in Broad Hinton, Mr Phil Strong, who served on Arctic convoys, reacts to the EU demand that British merchant vessels drop the Red Ensign and fly the EU merchie pennant instead: 'I am very angry:­ these people have never been on a ship while it's being bombed and torpedoed.
'I should like to meet these people in Brussels face to face and I would tell them exactly what I think about their plan to scrap the Red Duster.
'The French and Germans seem to be running around telling everyone else what to do and I don't like that one bit.
'They clearly have a lot to learn about history.
'They should keep their traps shut. This flag has been around for yonks; there is no real reason to change.

There Will Always Be An England.
avus From: avus Date: November 30th, 2005 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I Despise LJ's Comment-Notification Lapses.

I remember something similar when the US gave Iwo Jima back to Japan -- this, I believe, in the 1960's. (My father fought on Iwo Jima, which is why I remember these things.) It was a WWII Marine. (In the US, there are no such things as ex-Marines. One is either a Marine or not, and once a Marine, always a Marine. I could tell stories, but I'll pass for now.) The gentleman commented that if the US wanted to take that damn island again, they'd (series of poorly remember AngloSaxonisms) well find someone else to do it. He'd done it once, and he figured that was enough.

Hope things go well w/ you & yours.
avus From: avus Date: November 30th, 2005 02:30 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I Despise LJ's Comment-Notification Lapses.

And those arctic convoys, from what I've read & heard, were among the worst duty imaginable. My wife has a cousin who did that, US Merchant Marine (though here, the difference between Merchant Marine & Navy, in terms of risk, was negligible). He made many trips, and missed one b/c he was ill. On that one, his ship went down w/ all hands, all his mates. He, and my father, were never the same afterwards. He never went to sea again after the war, and he sought the quiet life, vocationally & socially -- wrote poems and such things. (No blame there -- after doing that, he should be able to do whatever he damned well pleased.) My father took the other route, and became an environmental attack dog. After getting shot at on Iwo, and hit twice, after seeing all the people he trained w/ for a year killed or wounded -- and then some -- he is impossible to intimidate. Well, maybe it's enough just to say he's impossible. But then, come to think of it, so was his father, and so am I, so maybe that's not Iwo Jima. My son's a pretty acceptable person, so hopefully those genes are withering away.
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