madclarinet (madclarinet) wrote,

Lest We Forget

The 11th hour of the the 11th day of the 11th month - armistice day for when World War 1 was over.

Rememberance Sunday is when the service at the Cenotaph in London (and in places all across the world) takes place in rememberance of all those who have served (and are serving), wounded and killed in all conflicts past and present. At 11 o'clock the two minutes silence takes place started by Big Ben and finished by the Royal Artillery. After the bugles play 'The Last Post', laying of the wreaths and a short service there is the marchpast of the veterans. This year there are over 200 groups and about 10,000 in the marchpast from the few remaining from World War 1 to the present day conflicts. This year is the 25th anniversary of the 'Falklands War'.

The third and fourth verses from the 'Ode of Remembrance' is 'claimed' as the tribute.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, 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.
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