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Remembrance Day

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' started by Iffracem, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. Don't forget a minutes silence at 11:00. :-$

    It's the least we can do in return for the sacrifice of others.


  2. 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.

    Lest We Forget
  3. Thank you to all the brave Men & Women that fought and sacrificed to secure a free Australia for us all

    Lest We Forget
  4. lest we forget those that gave thier lives for the freedom we have today and to those that are protecting that very freedom now.
  5. REMEMBRANCE DAY – The 11th day of the 11th month…the end of the Great War in 1918. Of the Australian population of 5 million, 300,000 men went to the Great War. Of those 60,000 died and 156,000 were wounded or taken prisoner. Unlike many of its Allies, Australia did not conscript its soldiers to fight in the Great War - all Australian diggers were volunteers.

    The first Remembrance Day was conducted in 1919 throughout the Commonwealth. Originally called Armistice Day, it commemorated the end of hostilities (the signing of the armistice) which occurred on 11 November 1918. It came to symbolise the end of the war and provides an opportunity to remember those who died. After the end of World War II, the Australian and British governments changed the name to Remembrance Day. Armistice Day was no longer an appropriate title for
    a day which would commemorate all war dead.

    Why Poppies
    In May 1915 Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps was working in a dressing station on the front line to the north of Leper, Belgium, when he wrote “In Flanders Fields” - the poem below. In 1918 Moira Michael, an American, wrote a poem in reply called “We shall keep the faith” in which she promised to wear a poppy 'in honour of our dead' and so began the tradition of wearing a poppy in

    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.