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12-11-2014, 05:05 PM
As a member of the military this is profoundly moving
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If you are in any way moved by the good that man is capable of doing or the bravery that we can have than you need to watch this. I know it's an advert but it really brings me back to why I've always loved the holiday season, it really is about giving up a little bit of what life we have and sharing it with all the people that we are lucky enough to be here with.

This is what I hope for the world even for one day like this that we can just be kind and enjoy the pleasure of being truly alive even if we are surrounded by darkness.

let me know what you think of this video, I really do think it's worth watching regardless of what time if year it is, it's never to early to be reminded of what kindness can do.
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12-11-2014, 05:37 PM
RE: As a member of the military this is profoundly moving
No mans land was not nearly as pretty as this video makes it out to be. It was horrific. That makes the thought of human beings behaving like humans, all the more moving.

Here are my favorite views of that incident from the film Joyeux Noel...




and then ...




The entire film can be watched here.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pC9KyHcbAEM

It's a classic. Shy

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12-11-2014, 05:42 PM
RE: As a member of the military this is profoundly moving
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13-11-2014, 12:11 PM (This post was last modified: 13-11-2014 12:24 PM by Chas.)
RE: As a member of the military this is profoundly moving
(12-11-2014 05:42 PM)unfogged Wrote:  Christmas truce

Although I have listened to this song countless times, I am yet moved to tears every time.






My name is Francis Tolliver, I come from Liverpool,
Two years ago the war was waiting for me after school.
To Belgium and to Flanders to Germany to here,
I fought for King and country I love dear.
'Twas Christmas in the trenches where the frost so bitter hung,
The frozen fields of France were still, no Christmas song was sung,
Our families back in England were toasting us that day,
Their brave and glorious lads so far away.

I was lying with my messmate on the cold and rocky ground
When across the lines of battle came a most peculiar sound
Says I, "Now listen up, me boys!" each soldier strained to hear
As one young German voice sang out so clear.
"He's singing bloody well, you know!" my partner says to me
Soon one by one each German voice joined in in harmony
The cannons rested silent, the gas clouds rolled no more
As Christmas brought us respite from the war.

As soon as they were finished and a reverent pause was spent
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" struck up some lads from Kent
The next they sang was "Stille Nacht," "Tis 'Silent Night'," says I
And in two tongues one song filled up that sky.
"There's someone coming towards us!" the front line sentry cried
All sights were fixed on one lone figure coming from their side
His truce flag, like a Christmas star, shone on that plain so bright
As he bravely strode unarmed into the night.

Soon one by one on either side walked into No Man's land
With neither gun nor bayonet we met there hand to hand
We shared some secret brandy and we wished each other well
And in a flare-lit soccer game we gave 'em hell.
We traded chocolates, cigarettes, and photographs from home
These sons and fathers far away from families of their own
Young Sanders played his squeeze box and they had a violin
This curious and unlikely band of men.

Soon daylight stole upon us and France was France once more
With sad farewells we each began to settle back to war
But the question haunted every heart that lived that wondrous night
"Whose family have I fixed within my sights?"
'Twas Christmas in the trenches, where the frost so bitter hung
The frozen fields of France were warmed as songs of peace were sung
For the walls they'd kept between us to exact the work of war
Had been crumbled and were gone for evermore.

My name is Francis Tolliver, in Liverpool I dwell
Each Christmas come since World War I I've learned its lessons well
That the ones who call the shots won't be among the dead and lame
And on each end of the rifle we're the same.

1984 John McCutcheon/Appalsongs (ASCAP)

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13-11-2014, 05:02 PM
RE: As a member of the military this is profoundly moving
(12-11-2014 05:05 PM)NullusSpecialis Wrote:  let me know what you think of this video, I really do think it's worth watching regardless of what time if year it is, it's never to early to be reminded of what kindness can do.

I think it's a cynical rip-off of the video for Paul McCartney's Pipes of Peace even if it has got a bigger budget.




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