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Remembrance Day

On November 11, 1918 hostilities ceased, marking the end of "the Great War" ... World War I.

On November 11th each year we remember, and honour, those members of the armed forces who died serving their country.

This is not the first time that I have blogged about Remembrance day; last time I talked a little about my Dad's experiences in as a tank gunner in World War II, and about my seven years in the Royal Navy.

Today I am just another citizen grateful that I get to enjoy the freedoms of our Western society, in great part because of the sacrifices of so many people.

I will wear my poppy ... and I will remember!

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.

- Lt.-Col. John McCrae (1872 - 1918)