Lest We Forget….   20 comments

 

REMEMBER…World War I and World War II ~ and all who have answered the call of their countries.

‘They shall grow not 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
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We will remember them.’

“World War I and World War II changed the shape of Europe and the lives of countless millions of its people. Both civilian and armed forces suffered grievously, with survivors badly scarred, physically and emotionally.

Today we continue to live out the long term effects of these human catastrophes. It is left to us to learn what happened in these awful conflicts and to learn from what happened – and then to remember.”

 

 

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remembrance_day2_jpg“The silent tears from big, brawny sunburnt men, old and young, always made a small skinny kid (me) wonder what on earth these men and woman went through. In those days, we still also had many surviving gladiators left from World War 1 including some of my older relatives. What was this about, I wondered?

Tears, gently laid flowers, messages to uncles, fathers, grandparents and great grandparents, enormous reverence and impermeable sadness. At last I knew exactly what this was about.

It was not about glorifying war. It was about family. It was about mateship, bravery and kindness. It was about remembering above all, what is good about humanity.

Our parents and ancestors, as young men and woman so many years ago, answered the call of our countries, not the call from our politicians. They did not know, nor particularly care, about the political correctness of having a choice of going to battle – or who they were to fight. They fought for what they believed in, and history, with its 20/20 hindsight, focuses us on the horrific futility and utter waste that war brings. So many incredibly brave young men and woman, answering in so many ways, and in so many lands, the call to arms. A quiet determination to do their job – whatever it took.

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                                         When You Go HomeRememberence Day

This was about remembrance of friendship and family, and a celebration of all the enduring things that are good and noble about the human spirit.

Our future – and our past – is about our young people. In all of history it is they that have always borne the brunt of war.”

‘They shall grow not 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.

Lest we forget…’

Posted November 13, 2010 by europasicewolf in Uncategorized

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20 responses to “Lest We Forget….

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  1. A wonderful tribute Timid one.

    I feel the younger generation do not remember the fallen from the 1×2 ww’s. But instead, they are thinking of those that have perished in Iraq and Afghanistan. But for sure we must “NEVER” forget any of them.

    • I’m right behind you on that very concerning point Kenny…I think there is a very serious danger the younger generation will indeed forget, if, as you suggest, they have not done so already . But as we who do remember, remember also those who have fought and died in the more recent conflicts, so too must the younger generation be reminded, and remember too, those who fought and died for ours, and for their freedom in the the two World Wars…’Lest we forget.’

  2. we do forget icey thats why wars happen nobodys learrned anything and we carry on loosing lives while the politicians recruit more young men and women to their deaths i watch old footage of the second world war and they lived through hell only to get flash backs all their lives a sad cruel world we remember them and more to follow xxjen

    • The tragedy of War…for as long as our governments refuse in their earth shattering arrogance to listen to the voice of the people who as with the Iraq war took to the streets in protest, men and women from all nationalities and cultures united in saying “NO” to the war, then yes…the sad cruelty of this world will continue. And young men and women will continue to fall in conflict. And we will remember them…and those that follow them.

  3. It is a day to remember the fallen heroes of wars, wars that still erupt from all areas of the globe, and those that fell during the two world wars, we remember them, not just on one day but for every single day that we have here on this Earth…

    Brave men and women that gave the ultimate sacrifice for a better future for all, a time of remembering them is today and indeed forever…

    A nicely written posting my great friend, you are right we must never forget their courageousness, their loyalty, commitment and sheer devotion to the cause…

    Androgoth XXx

    • Victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be… ~ Winston Churchill (We shall fight on the beaches…1940) Absolutely Androgoth…we must remember, always, all those brave men and women who throughout history to the present day and undoubtedly into our future, gave and are giving, and who will give the greatest sacrifice of all…their lives. And we will remember. We will not forget.

  4. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science.
    Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour.’ ~ Winston Churchill (1940)

  5. We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender ~ Winston Churchill (1940)

  6. Flowerful Morning..
    Colourful Noon..
    Joyful Evenin..
    Peaceful Night..
    Be happy its a Fantastic day for you..
    Enjoy the day.. Hugs Nicki

  7. A very touching and heartfelt tribute kind Icewolfie…indeed very perceptive writing you have here. Those 2WW way heavy on humanity, we must never forget…such sacrifice and love. I am moved by those profound words of yours,
    “It was not about glorifying war. It was about family. It was about mateship, bravery and kindness. It was about remembering above all, what is good about humanity.”
    Well said, little Wolfie words of a Wise Soul xx

  8. i think we cant risk another WWar My friend
    we can imagine how the war was we see documentaries and we feel. I love ur words….silent tears. tx

  9. Funny some time back a friend of mine wanted to start with a WLF Woman liberation Front…Not that bad ..
    dont u think??

    with love
    MJ

  10. Hej IceWolf..Jag ska handla julklappar hela helgen men jag har inga renar och ingen släde bara en Volvo så den får duga..:-) På måndag har vi Lucia i Sverige du kan läsa det nästa vecka på min andra blog på webs..Ha en fin helg Wolfie..Kram NL

    • 🙂 Hej Night Lady🙂 Kom ihåg att köpa presenter till Wolfie!! Jag kommer att shoppa hela helgen … men jag har ingen Volvo … bara mina 4 Wolfie tassar😉 ikapp dig på Webs! Kram Ice wolf🙂

  11. Who Am I..
    A Step When You Stop..
    A Touch When You Are Lost..
    A Word When You Are Quiet..
    A Smile When You Are Sad..
    And
    A Friend Who Would Be There For U Forever..
    Nicki / Night Lady

  12. I think unless there is either another war, or the young are in some way involved in war facts, possibly something akin to bringing back National Service, we WILL forget, you only have to read in papers of young hooligans who have attacked war graves, and like the idiot swinging from a flag on the Cenotaph, graffiti on Churchill’s statue Its just so sad, Thought provoking and lovely sentiments Wolfie

    • Great to see you in the heart of Europa! You have travelled a long way from Earth to visit the Icy Realm of Wolfie!! In all that snow too😉 Do have a nice steaming hot chocolate and tonights offering…hot apple pie and fresh cream!!!🙂

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment…I share your views and as to the disgusting attacks on the war graves, etc those disrespectful “animals” are an utter disgrace to their country and all who fought for their freedom – they’d have been shot if this was Nazi Germany – and all I can say is if they are the ones referred to in the statement “the children are our future” I will make my own future thank you very much.🙂

  13. This Christmas
    We hope this Christmas enriches your life..
    May each day be happy and bright..
    Overflowing with pleasure and love..
    May your Christmas be filled with delight..
    Nicki with Family

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