"The unexamined life is not worth living" Socrates

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Thursday 11 November 2010

Lest We Forget

The final armistice of the Great War, world war one as it later became known, was signed at 5 a.m. on the morning of 11 November 1918, and came into effect six hours later at 11 a.m.
On November 7, 1919 King George V of the British Empire, what is now Great Britain and the Commonwealth of Nations, issued a proclamation calling for a two-minute silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. His proclamation requested that "all locomotion should cease, so that, in perfect stillness, the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead".

In the Commonwealth the day is now known as ‘Remembrance Day’. 

In Flanders Fields 

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.
John McCrae, May 1915


  1. Cross commenting from Caroline's blog in a similar vein-the mixed emotional response to individual sacrifice and duty against an absurd ablation of human life. In that silence we do well to remember the old lie:
    "Dulce et decorum est, pro patria mori"

  2. Here in the States, it's lost it's meaning, and is now a generic holiday to honor all veterans, hold Veteran's Day sales in stores, and run war movies on TV. Hardly anyone will be seen wearing a poppy. :-(

    Melissa XX