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November 11, 2003 Remembrance Day poppy

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Maxine says:
November 11, 01h

Thanks for this Dave - more important than ever today to take a moment to remember “the war to end all wars”. For some insights into WWI and its era, if you haven’t read them already, take a look at Pat Barker’s trilogy: Regeneration, The Eye in the Door and The Ghost Road. A bleak and subtle look at class, gender, sexuality and psychology.

Plus ca change…

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william says:
November 11, 01h

i’m touched. really.

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Haunani says:
November 11, 01h

Dave,

Your sensitivity and insight to beauty knows no bounds. Thank you for this heartfelt reminder.

Aloha,
Haunani

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Tim says:
November 11, 01h

Dave,

1. Thank you. It’s easy to forget that WW1 didn’t exclusively affect us Brits. The sacrifice of Canadians, amongst others, is remembered and valued.
2. The reading of names of men from our parish who had died in conflict in the Remembrance Sunday church service wasn’t nearly as powerful as watching Saving Private Ryan.
3. War was, and continues to be, senseless.

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November 11, 02h

Look forward to a great set of diary entries, photos, and historical information about the First World War on the Veteran’s Affairs website in the next week or two. I’ll post a link whe it is available.

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Jeff says:
November 11, 05h

It means so much… we’ll never forget them…

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November 11, 05h

We had a two minutes silence today and the next thing I did was log on to your site and find that lovely page. ;-)

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November 11, 05h

The number of men and women who laid down their lives in ‘the great war’ is still staggering and incomprehensible to me. They deserve to be remembered and honoured. We at the very least owe them that much.

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Dris says:
November 11, 09h

We in the United States often forget our Canadian brothers having fought alongside us in those tragic wars.

A lovely tribute, Dave.

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Jeremy says:
November 12, 07h

Let us always remember them. They have given it all, for us. And we must NEVER forget.

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s t e f says:
November 12, 12h

From France with love to all men and women of good will… I can’t add anything to all that was said in the previous posts.

Only that war is indeed senseless but will never end.

We have had numerous TV dramas here in France about all the guys who were executed because they refused to fight. And about very silly moments in this war. When the soldiers got tired of fighting, the headquarters feared rebellion, so any reason was good to put a few soldiers in front of a firing squad.

One film presented us with a man who refused to wear trousers that were bloody, full of holes and– taken from a fresh corpse. This guy was sentenced to death “for the example”. The story is true, sadly.

Did you know that in some places, trenches were so close that people from opposite sides got to become friends, would play cards and drink together between the trenches? Then young recruits would come and fire at each other, or young officers would order them to shoot their friends.

Senseless indeed.

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Peter De Bouvere says:
November 13, 03h

I live here, in Flanders Fields, the Province of West-Flanders. November 11th is big here. The most touching part, I think, is the line of veterans, some of them in wheelchairs, considering their age. Those veterans are of course from WW2, since WW1 is nearly 90 years old. Thanks for remembering Dave…

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Robbert Broersma says:
November 13, 04h

I’ve been there, two years ago, and the amount of lifes it took to conquer one more acre of land… When you’re standing there, you know that thousands and thousands have lost their life for a bit of land that is so small you could walk ‘round it in three minutes! It is an awful memory.

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Guy says:
November 13, 12h

“The significance of the poppy as a lasting memorial symbol to the fallen was realised by the Canadian surgeon John McCrae in his poem In Flanders Fields. The poppy came to represent the immeasurable sacrifice made by his comrades and quickly became a lasting memorial to those who died in the First World War and later conflicts.”

From BBCi: http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/remembrance/history/poppy.shtml

Says it all really.

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November 16, 01h

We talk about never forgetting, though our current mistakes show that we never remember.