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Remembering Memorial Day

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1. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 9y

I'd like to take a moment to remember those who gave their lives in military service to the United States.The sacrifices of those who fell in battle are remembered by family and friends.

This is not a thread about the "rights or wrongs" of war......some wars may be justified while others are not. I would simply like to recognize those who died doing what was asked of them.

Please do not reply with political commentary. This is not about governments....this is about ordinary people in extraordinary situations. These people were someone's fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins. Humans........dying before their time.

And to all the veterans who survived the horrors of war, thank you for your service.

This should be a time of reflection for all. Who among us that live can claim a moral superiority over those that died in service?

Thank you.

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Amen..

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Thanks, beerman, for bringing that up. Veterans made huge, selfless sacrifices for the rest of us. A small consolation for the wars going on now is that younger generations are more and more aware and involved in their country's respective commemorative days.

4. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 9y

The Australian ANZAC Day saying applies -

"They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them.
Lest we forget."

5. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 9y

Well spoken Anthony. Thank you.

6. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

Quoting beerman

I'd like to take a moment to remember those who gave their lives in military service to the United States.The sacrifices of those who fell in battle are remembered by family and friends.

This is not a thread about the "rights or wrongs" of war......some wars may be justified while others are not. I would simply like to recognize those who died doing what was asked of them.

Please do not reply with political commentary. This is not about governments....this is about ordinary people in extraordinary situations. These people were someone's fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins. Humans........dying before their time.

And to all the veterans who survived the horrors of war, thank you for your service.

This should be a time of reflection for all. Who among us that live can claim a moral superiority over those that died in service?

Thank you.

Nice one there Beerman.

7. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 9y

Quoting wotthefiqh

The Australian ANZAC Day saying applies -

"They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them.
Lest we forget."

Here is the full version of the Laurence Binyon poem, written in 1914.

For The Fallen
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.