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Remembrance Parade

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.
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?!) :wink:
semper said:
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.
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!
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.
http://www.farmersboys.com/music/Bugle_Calls/Remembrance Day/82.mp3

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 Flanders’ 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 Flanders’ fields.

And now the torch and poppy red
Wear in honour of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught
We’ve learned the lesson that ye taught
In Flanders’ fields.

Written by Miss Moina Belle Michael

An American, On Nov. 9, 1918, the Saturday before the Armistice was signed,
she read Col. John McCrae’s 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.
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!!!!
Just back from the legion had a few with the old boys,its humbling being in with these guys lots of medals and lots of stories. WELL DONE LADS.
Went to the service in The Hague today. About 10 years ago only about 20 people in attendance, this year at least 100.

This year it was sponsored by the Indian Embassy.
My first rememberance parade, I really enjoyed it and velt very proud to wear the uniform of men as brave as those who paraded with us today. The church service was moving. For our tomorrow they gave their today, we will remember them.
Main Parade at Anzio Beachhead Cemetery. Very moving service with Piper's Lament, Last Post/Reveille played by a US Navy trumpeter. A warm sun reflected off highly polished toecaps (even the US contingent's patent shoes). Wreaths laid by SBO and Canadian SNCO.
Then down to Anzio Hospital Cemetery for a shortened service and wreath laying - standing on the heights overlooking the beaches, with the sun shining on a flat calm sea.
Just got back home after a long al fresco lunch.

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