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Old Nov 10, 2010, 9:56 PM   #1
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Default Remembering Veteran's Day

to you if you're a vet, or to your relatives who are, or to you if you celebrate those who are. And to my father, who was a tank commander in WWII and thankfully is still with us. He's talked to us about his life but almost never about his experiences in that war. Which speaks volumes about what those experiences must have been, where his Sherman was just an appetizer for the Panzers.

I posted this photo of Arlington National Cemetery before but it's the best one I have - sorry for repeating it.

Here's to you, Dad.


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Old Nov 10, 2010, 10:38 PM   #2
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Yes, we should never stop remembering, or expressing our appreciation.

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Old Nov 11, 2010, 8:28 AM   #3
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I prefer the term "Rememberance Day", as today is about more than just living military personnel. It's also about remembering what war does to the civilian population, and ALL the lives lost at the cost of war.

There's NOTHING "happy" about it, but should be a sombre rememberance. Anyone who thinks today should be "happy" is probably thinking about going out to Veteran's Day sales; please explain why people should be happy today.

In Canada it's signified by the wearing of poppies because of the poem "In Flanders Fields", which reflects the sombre mood today should encompass:

In Flanders fields the poppies grow
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.
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Old Nov 11, 2010, 10:46 AM   #4
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I did the pilgimage to the D Day sites last summer. It's hard not to wonder what all those young men would have done with their lives when you look at the rows of white crosses.

My Favourite uncle was with the tanks as well Ted. Landed on the Harbour they floated across the Channel on D+4, then went all the way to the River Elbe. They didn't have the Sherman but he was one of the few originals who landed that day to make it all the way.

They lost their share to the Panzers and the 88's. One of the rules to live by was "If you heard an 88 shell go past the tank, (distinctive sound) then bale out, because the next one is coming in with you.

Yes mike, we all wore the Poppy on November 11.
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Old Nov 11, 2010, 10:58 AM   #5
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Where I am it is 10:56am and two minutes from that time, 92 years ago, the last soldier in WWI was killed. A Canadian, shot at 10:57am and died at 10:58am, two minutes before the cease fire when into effect.
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To all those who served and to all those who sacrificed while a spouse, mother, father or other family member served - thank you.
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Old Nov 11, 2010, 1:54 PM   #7
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To my father who made it through WWII...

He joined the Navy at 16 just before the war started and fought in the South Pacific for the whole
duration... Retired after 22 years and passed away in 1972 when I was 16... He was laid to rest
at that cemetary (Arlington) and I miss him every day of my life...

Here's to you, Dad, and all the other veterans who give what they give so that we all can have
what we have...

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Old Nov 13, 2010, 7:24 PM   #8
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My 2 cents ....

FYI, the original of this picture was ... 90 megapixels. I was taken at the 2nd WW memorial in DC (when I was in a "Photo-Safari"). Resizing it removed a lot of its effect but I think you can figured out.
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