Saturday, November 11, 2006

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

Today is the anniversary of the end of World War One. A war to end all wars, a war of untold suffering, acts of immense heroism and a war that changed the shape of the world. In the UK, it is referred to as Poppy Day. Tomorrow up and down Great Britain wreaths will be laid at war memorials in an act of remembrance.
These soldiers sacrificed their lives so we might enjoy the freedoms and lifestyles that we do today. They gave their tomorrow so we can have today.
I know I am eternally grateful.


Susan Rix said...

Thanks for this post Michelle.

I feel that Poppy Day becomes more and more significant with each passing year. It's a poignant reminder, especially for those soldiers who are still sacrificing their lives.

I pray that we never forget.

Jessica Raymond said...

Very well put, Michelle. Hear hear.

Jess x

Anonymous said...

It's Veteran's Day in the US. It used to be called Armistice Day. I listened to a very interesting radio program narrated by Walter Cronkite. It was on the last surviving soldiers from World War I. The youngest is 106 and the oldest is 115. These were the ones the interviewer could find for a Living History Project as the veteran's building holding all the records burnt down in the 1970s. Most of the men still alive enlisted under age--they were between 15 and 21. If you can find it on a podcast on (National Public Radio), it is totally worth the listen. I had no idea that the trenches were still there in France, or that in one battle 1,000 men were dying every day. It puts the Iraq war into perspective a bit. There was a good bit about the saying from the 60s "What if they gave a war, and nobody came?" Apparently, the Great War was the opposite, "What if they gave a war, and everyone came."