Monday, November 10, 2014

In Remembrance...11th day of the 11th month at the 11th minute, 1918


Today is November 10.  That means that tomorrow is November 11, which is fairly obvious.  It is also Armistice Day or Remembrance Day.  It marks the end of World War 1. The eleventh month November, the eleventh day, at the eleventh hour was the day peace was declared and papers were signed, in the year 1918.  Ninety-six years ago and all veterans who were part of that era are gone.  The last veteran died a year or two ago, maybe more.

 Davey Fury and the Dubliners

There is no way to “celebrate” this day.  But some countries mark the day and the moment by holding a minute of silence in respect. 

The song that always breaks me into tears is this song by the Dubliners.  (I posted it before, but oh well.)


Remembrance is too often left absent in life, when it can only be done by those still alive.

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  1. My father is a veteran, so I never forget to honor those who served and those who lost their lives.

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    1. It is important and I hope more people do the same.

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  2. They are talking about making it a 'holiday' here. I think that's a mistake.

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    1. After Vietnam, Nov. 11 started to be just another day off from school in most places. We are fortunate to continue the tradition as we are surrounded by military and their families.

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  3. It is a holiday here, day off. That is all many see it as, but good to remember indeed

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    1. "Just another day off" sadly refers to other days: Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, even Martin Luther King's Day.

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  4. My husband, a veteran, will get his free lunch tomorrow at Applebee's. More and more businesses are making it a point to honor those who served.

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  5. It is an important day to remember.

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    1. To remember and to look at the faces of those incredibly young men who go off to fight, to defend the helpless, and be remembers.

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  6. On this side of the world Remembrance Day is here. I dream of the day when it is only a historical oddity. In the meantime (and certainly in my lifetime) I remember. With respect.

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    1. If someday, war is no longer a constancy and we can move forward. In the meantime, our duty is to honor those veterans. With respect.

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  7. Cold chills. Thank you for honoring those who are gone.

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    1. Lives cut short, in the beginning of their adult years, must always resound.

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  8. Excellent thoughts. I had an uncle who died in WW1. A personal as well as a national time to remember.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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    1. My grandfather came home, a scarred and traumatized man who made a life and family to love.

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  9. I knew the day was coming as it is my son in law's birthday, but forgot about it on the actual day, so 11am came and went while I was scrubbing a sink full of greasy baking dishes, helping out a friend. I didn't remember until I got home again, so I had an extra minute's rest with my cuppa.
    I can't be positive, but I think we still have one of our veterans still alive.

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    1. How wonderful that a veteran from WW1 might still be living! It would be better still to try to talk with him, gain information about that time period.

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  10. It's a very important day to remember everyone who has served us.

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