Remembrance Day Celebrations

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By Word and Wisdom, God creates the cosmos, makes a covenant with human kind as conscious members of that cosmos, and redeems creation in fulfillment of that covenant. ~~  Waterloo Lutheran Seminary

This year, 2020 marks a sharp reversal in out personal attendance to live Remembrance Day ceremonies – there will be no live Remembrance Day Celebrations laying of the wreaths while we watch.  Perhaps on Television, the local  stations will  provide the ceremony.  Covid-19 has changed so much including Remembrance Day Celebrations sadly held in a COVID World.

Did you manage to buy and wear the poppy of remembrance?

November 11th marks the signing of the armistice (peace agreement) between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France.

The armistice took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning – the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.”

Observed on November 11th to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918 and honour the veterans of both World Wars. It may also be commonly known as Armistice Day.

The intention of the day is to remember the fallen on both sides in the ‘Great War’.

I lost my Uncle Clarence in the Second world war.  As families age, and youngsters tend to forget, it is with a humble heart I remember him and others who gave it all.

Did you know?

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In Memoriam

The last Canadian killed in action in World War I was Private George Lawrence Price of the Canadian Infantry (2nd Canadian Division) who was killed at Mons at 10.58 on November 11th, two minutes before the armistice. Officially, Price was the last Commonwealth soldier to be killed in World War One.

However, while this date is used to reflect the end of the whole war, it technically relates to the cease-fire on the Western Front; fighting continued after November 11th in parts of the Ottoman Empire.

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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 condemn.
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.
Source: The London Times (1914)
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