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Lest We Forget - Veterans, Armistice & Remembrance Day November 11th, 2019

PRESIDENT REAGAN: Those who live today remember those who do not. Those who know freedom remember today those who gave up life for freedom.


Today, in honor of the dead, we conduct ceremonies. We lay wreaths. We speak words of tribute. And in our memories, in our hearts, we hold them close to us still. Yet we also know, even as their families knew when they last looked upon them, that they can never be fully ours again, that they belong now to God and to that for which they so selflessly made a final and eternal act of devotion.


We could not forget them. Even if they were not our own, we could not forget them. For all time, they are what we can only aspire to be: giving, unselfish, the epitome of human love -- to lay down one's life so that others might live.
We think on their lives. We think on their final moments. In our mind's eye, we see young Americans in a European forest or on an Asian island or at sea or in aerial combat.


And as life expired, we know that those who could had last thoughts of us and of their love for us. As they thought of us then, so, too, we think of them now, with love, with devotion, and with faith: the certainty that what they died for was worthy of their sacrifice -- faith, too, in God and in the Nation that has pledged itself to His work and to the dream of human freedom, and a nation, too, that today and always pledges itself to their eternal memory.

I wish to take this moment to thank all veterans, past and present and future, for their dedication and love, their separation from family, and their love of country. For those that gave their lives, we can never repay you. For those maimed and injured, we pray for your comfort and safety. For those loved ones left behind alone, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

The following is from another speech:

"Let me close with a memory from another war monument. This one is a British memorial in Burma, from World War II. It says so eloquently what I think we should all feel today. It says, "When you go home, tell them of us and say for your tomorrow we gave our today."

So today as each of you go home, tell them of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and coast guard who are giving their today around the world for a better future for all. And for a moment pause and remember those who had made possible your tomorrows. And from the memory of these honored dead, let us recommit ourselves to never forget the sacrifices of these fallen and of their families, and let us commit ourselves to renew our commitment to the values and ideals that have made this nation what it is today, the greatest nation in the world.


Thank you. God bless you.


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For those wondering...

The Red Poppy is the traditional flower of remembrance for Europe and North America because of its ties to World War I and II. Some people simply think it is a cheery sign of summer because of its size and intense colours.
Associated with the Royal British Legion in the UK.

The White Poppy means Peace as the original real red poppies were more famous as flowers commemorating soldiers who died in the war.
Associated with the Peace Pledge Union.

The Purple Poppy commemorating animals who died in the war.
Associated with the Animal Aid charity.

The Black Poppy commemorating African, Black & Caribbean communities who contributed in any way to the war.
Associated with BlackPoppyRose.

Source:- BBC and Avel du
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In a Churchyard in Slimbridge Gloucestershire UK “Ghostlike” sculptures of solidiers who died in World War One stand over their graves in a scene which has moved people to tears.
A British Sculptor Jackie Lantelli, is the artist behind the sculptures.

The full story & more pictures are at -
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan...shire-46155057






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From Woz53

In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae
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 g uns 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.

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Some links for those UK veterans who wish to talk/find support.
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"Let me close with a memory from another war monument. This one is a British memorial in Burma, from World War II. It says so eloquently what I think we should all feel today. It says, "When you go home, tell them of us and say for your tomorrow we gave our today."

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That is the Kohima Epitaph, one of the deadliest battles in WW2 - my father fought there and survived, a lot did not, but the Japanese advance was stopped in it's tracks.

By the way - great post - Reagan was a great orator.
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