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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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great thread. remembrance day assembly tomorrow at school.

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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.

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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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Lest we forget...

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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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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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Lest We Forget

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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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one of the soliders from my town was on the Coach' Croner tribute tonite. R.I.P

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wasn't there another thread on this earlier with pictures of memorials and the like

anyways,

Lest We Forget

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Lest we forget.

I've been wearing a poppy in public since November 2nd.

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