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#1 Starbug

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 05:21 PM

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Remembrance Day is fast approaching, that time of year set aside to show our appreciation for all that was sacrificed for the good of others.

Hundreds of thousands of men and women have given their time, their health (mental and/or physical), and even their lives in an effort to make the world a better place. They might have done this as a fighting soldier, a peacekeeping soldier, or even as a civilian. War veterans and survivors have lived through horrors we couldn't even begin to imagine. For too many, that was the last thing they experienced before their death.

Please, take a moment or two to reflect on what these people sacrificed so we can live the lives we have today. We can't afford to lose sight of how the freedoms we have today were earned.

Vimy Ridge, France:

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Inscribed around the base of the monument are the names of those whose final resting places are unknown. My sig is an example of a portion of that wall.

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Ypres, Belgium:

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As with Vimy Ridge, those are names (54,896 of them) inscribed on the walls of the monument.

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Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae sat at these very bunkers when he penned what is among the best-known poems out there:

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 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.


That torch is now in Afghanistan; those men and women fighting over there are now war veterans. They shouldn't be forgotten when it comes to acknowledging the sacrifices made over the years.

(Please, no fighting about Afghanistan here; if you must, take it to another thread)


Photos from my trip can be found in Post 60, Post 61, and Post 62.

Edited by Starbug, 11 November 2010 - 11:54 AM.

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#2 Ambulocetus

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 05:24 PM

Good work, Starbug.
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Posted 06 November 2008 - 05:26 PM

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For some reason I'm like the only guy sporting a poppy around the office this year :angry:
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Posted 06 November 2008 - 05:26 PM

Well done.

Lest we forget.
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Posted 06 November 2008 - 05:30 PM

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For some reason I'm like the only guy sporting a poppy around the office this year :angry:


It should be against the law not too...

Great thread, Lest We Forget.
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#6 M A K A V E L I

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 05:31 PM

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For some reason I'm like the only guy sporting a poppy around the office this year :angry:


you don't need to wear poppies to be appreciative of the sacrifices of canadian soldiers ... a lot of the people who wear them are doing it just for show ... it's the same thing with the americans and their "lapel pins" supposedly symbolizing "patriotism" ...
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Posted 06 November 2008 - 05:34 PM

Excellently done. I'm definately dressing up this year.. had to last year, but this year it is voluntary.

Don't have a poppy yet, as I have no means of acquiring one, but I choose to show my appreciation with words.

I'm definately watching a couple of documentaries during 11/11.

Edited by HalfMoon, 06 November 2008 - 05:44 PM.

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 05:35 PM

rest in peace, brave men and women

beautifully done, OP
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Posted 06 November 2008 - 05:36 PM

Nice job.

My school finally gave out poppies this year. Well, Idk if my teacher forgot last year or something, but yeah, didn't get one.
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Posted 06 November 2008 - 05:38 PM

you took some great pics starbug!
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Posted 06 November 2008 - 05:40 PM

Great job on the thread.
Lest we forget.
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Posted 06 November 2008 - 06:00 PM

Great job on the thread.
Lest we forget.


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Posted 06 November 2008 - 06:05 PM

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 06:09 PM

I watched Passchendale last night.

It was tough to watch.

That monument was one of the ones that Hitler did not allow anyone to defile during WW2. Sacred place.

Great thread starbug. Great thread.

Edited by sixwings, 06 November 2008 - 06:10 PM.

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 06:12 PM

Lest we Forget.

Thanks for this one OP
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Posted 06 November 2008 - 06:19 PM

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"Year after year we gather and shout commands in the Square,
Wait for the Governor-General, say a few words of prayer,
Lay our wreaths in order, mothers and big shots first,
In memory of those who have made it to the other side of the worst."
- George Johnston, Canadian poet, Remembrance, 1966
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Posted 06 November 2008 - 06:23 PM

Hundreds of thousands of men and women have given their time, their health (mental and/or physical), and even their lives in an effort to make the world a better place.


I wouldn't agree that the people who fought and died in WW1 did so "to make the world a better place". Many fought and died because they were forced to by the State.

Lets not lose sight of why WW1 occured. "Never Again", indeed.

Lest We Forget.
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#18 Starbug

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 10:48 PM

Excellently done. I'm definately dressing up this year.. had to last year, but this year it is voluntary.

Don't have a poppy yet, as I have no means of acquiring one, but I choose to show my appreciation with words.

I'm definately watching a couple of documentaries during 11/11.

Vimy Ridge: Heaven to Hell is a good one. It first aired 2 years ago. The tunnels they show in the film were closed to the public when I was at Vimy Ridge. :(

I watched Passchendale last night.

It was tough to watch.

That monument was one of the ones that Hitler did not allow anyone to defile during WW2. Sacred place.


Great thread starbug. Great thread.

I know - that's pretty amazing. The monument (and grounds) is definitely worth the trip if you're in Europe; it can easily be done as a day trip from Paris. The Menin Gate, in Ypres, is pretty impressive too. In amongst the 55k names, I actually managed to find the section of wall dedicated to the Princess Pat's.

The first two stops in my 3 week tour (post co-op workterm in Geneva) were Vimy Ridge and Ypres - those were two rather emotional days. I wouldn't trade them for anything though.
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Posted 06 November 2008 - 11:04 PM

Everytime a day like this comes around i just think about the boys and then men that did not come home to there loved

ones and back to the country that they loved but instead became selfless and choose to do a service to the country that

asked them to sacrifice the most.Its kinda makes me sad that only one day of the year we pay tribute to these soldiers

but i guess we really dont care about them that much.It kinda reminds me of this quote from JFK

"Ask not what your country can do for you - Ask what you can do for your country"

It says alot and it means alot

This one as well

"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names"

This is the best one of all

"Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind"
John F. Kennedy, Speech to UN General Assembly, Sept. 25, 1961

Edited by bignickdawg, 06 November 2008 - 11:05 PM.

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 11:07 PM

I watched Passchendale last night.

It was tough to watch.

That monument was one of the ones that Hitler did not allow anyone to defile during WW2. Sacred place.

Great thread starbug. Great thread.


That sounds interesting you have a link to the story
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#21 Starbug

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 11:13 PM

That sounds interesting you have a link to the story

The magazine After The Battle published a photographic history of the site following the repatriation of Canada's Unknown Soldier in 2000, which included a ceremony at the Vimy Memorial. One of these photographs depicted the memorial's most notorious visitor: Adolf Hitler. On June 2, 1940, as his armies were conquering France, Hitler personally toured the Vimy Memorial and its preserved trenches. Hitler had been twice decorated for bravery as an infantryman during the Great War and saw combat in the general vicinity of Vimy, often against Commonwealth soldiers in similar trenches. While the German leader had no qualms about destroying culturally significant locations in France including many French war monuments which were torn down by the Nazis, the Vimy memorial carried no messages of Allied triumph over Germany. So it was protected by Hitler, who assigned special units of the Waffen SS to guard the monument from defacement by regular German Wehrmacht soldiers. University of Ottawa historian Serge Durflinger notes that "Hitler admires it immensely, he says so at the time. As a result, the Germans respect[ed] the memorial all through the war."

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 11:18 PM

great thread. remembrance day assembly tomorrow at school.
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Posted 07 November 2008 - 12:03 AM

My favorite tribute to those who gave their lives is a song called The Green Fields of France, also known as the Ballad of Wille McBride. This particular version features the great Irish tenor, Ronan Tynan. It always hits home.



Rest in peace, and God bless.
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Posted 07 November 2008 - 12:06 AM

November Ghost
Written by Bill Mallonee

i should have kept kept that shot
of you turning up that bottle of scotch
and all of these rafts and pontoons
shimmer beneath normandy moon

here is where the voice leaves off
lungs collapsing sputtering cough
and as our crafts hit the shore
and we scramble to remember what for

always one more never the last
fresh off the farm into a bullet's path
another sad letter another grim post
another november ghost

you can touch the face of fate
when your blood saturates
the beaches were never fully cleared

dropped it into fifth when the clutch gave up
i was too high to die but down on my luck
never saw your pain when i was twenty five
it's the curse of youth to be so blind

always one more never the last
fresh off the farm into the looking glass
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Posted 07 November 2008 - 12:31 AM

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For some reason I'm like the only guy sporting a poppy around the office this year :angry:

im wearing one again this year. i dont know, it just seems right to.
to the people who gave their lives, thank you



mmm i found my sig that i made last year lol.
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Posted 08 November 2008 - 06:47 PM

Well I'm kind of shocked that there isn't a thread yet, but I'd like to say that i bought my popie today and that im going to proudly wear it at all times :). Thoughts?

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Posted 08 November 2008 - 06:50 PM

Lest We Forget

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Posted 08 November 2008 - 06:51 PM

I'm gonna wear my poppy tomorrow and monday and tuesday and wednesday


Why not Thursday? You don't like Thursdays?
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Posted 08 November 2008 - 06:57 PM

Lest we forget.

Ive been wearing a poppy since Monday.
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Posted 08 November 2008 - 07:06 PM

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