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Anyone else up early or is it just me
Yep!!! Been up since 06.30 but as I am in France that's 05.30 your time!! and I'm at work. So think yourself lucky if you are off to a rememberance day parade this morning, because I would love to be there instead of sat on this tin bucket. To all out there doing there bit, HAVE A GOOD ONE. and remember they did it for us and we have done it for ours.
Wasnt complaining I like Remembrance Day Parade in the morning and drinking with the old guys in the afternoon
Yep, also finishing off me boots ready for the big off. One of the best days of the year as we get to meet
real soldiers with real medals stretched out across their chest............
Been up since 06.00 and looking forward to paying my respects.
im up, boots polished . kit on ready with a strong cup of coffee in hand, soon going to TA centre and taking the ACF cadets down , hope they will appreciate the sacrifice of the previous generations.
Good luck all with your parades. No bulling Shoes Highland and whitening spats for me these days, but my medals are shined. I will be laying a wreath in the morning, and attending the main local parade this afternoon.
Pah! I beat you all!! I was up at 0345hrs, at the memorial at 0630hrs AND I'm 8 hours ahead of the UK! (OK, where's a Kiwi or an Aussie to put me in my place?!)
Ditto here mate. Did my boots last night and the rest this AM. We've got about 40 kids at our det ready to parade and who did sterling work yesterday rattling tins for RBL.
Back to the mess afterwards for the rest of the afternoon!
En route to thelocal parade now. I'm apparently OIC Coat-holding, but at least I'll get to chat with some of the old guys
I'm at work this year so my son will be representing me in his very smart acf uniform , who'd have thought someone whose bedroom looks like a bomb site would be so good at ironing and bulling boots!!
Seriously though wherever we are , we will remember them.
In Flanders field 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 with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
~Major John McCrae, May 1915.~
We Shall Keep The Faith
Oh! You who sleep in Flandersâ fields,
Sleep sweet - to rise anew,
We caught the torch you threw,
And holding high we kept
The faith with those who died.
We cherish too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valour led.
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flandersâ fields.
And now the torch and poppy red
Wear in honour of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught
Weâve learned the lesson that ye taught
In Flandersâ fields.
Written by Miss Moina Belle Michael
An American, On Nov. 9, 1918, the Saturday before the Armistice was signed,
she read Col. John McCraeâs poem, In Flanders Fields and
it made such a impression on her, that she wrote this reply to it.
I'm just about to leave to watch my son march through Manchester. He's the fourth generation to wear the colours and the it's a very sobering thought.
The only time of year I willingly get up early.
Have a good one everybody!
A buddy and fellow Regt member has a pub in Hamstead.
Friday night there was a reading of poems from and about WW1.
The place was jam packed, with people who were not regulars at the pub, but saw the sign and walked in from the street.
There was not a dry eye in the place.
We tried to drink the bar dry after.
Next year, with his permisson I will post details in case any want to attend as well.
Off now to the local parade, why it isnt at 11 I dont know!!!!
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