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11-11-2010, 10:02 AM
Lest We Forget
Since it's Remembrance Day today (or Veterans Day if you're in the States), I thought I'd take a moment to express my appreciation and support for all the soldiers here at TTA. Regardless of whether someone supports the current wars in the Middle East or not, they should remember that there are soldiers deployed all over the world; and that for them, this is their career. I know that soldiers have it tough (always have, and unfortunately, probably always will) and any show of appreciation is helpful.

Remember too, that today is a day for remembering veterans; those who've returned from war, and those who haven't.

I'd like to round off this post with a classic poem in Canadian literature, written by a Canadian soldier who fought in the Boer War and the First World War:

"In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae (1872-1918)

In Flanders fields 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 faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

"Remember, my friend, that knowledge is stronger than memory, and we should not trust the weaker." - Dr. Van Helsing, Dracula
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11-11-2010, 10:26 AM
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A big thank you to those fighting for all of us! Big Grin

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I am 100% certain that I am wrong about something I am certain about right now. Because even if everything I stand for turns out to be completely true, I was still wrong about being wrong.
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11-11-2010, 11:03 AM
 
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To all who have passed away in service to our people and country, and all who returned home to loving arms and grateful hearts. You will not be forgotten. You will always be appreciated for thinking we the people, were worth the sacrifice. Thank you all.
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11-11-2010, 11:28 AM
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I always listen to the song "The Green Fields of France" on Veteran's Day.

Oh, how do you do, young Willy McBride?
Do you mind if I sit here down by your graveside,
And rest for a while in the warm summer sun?
I've been walking all day, and I'm nearly done.
And I see by your gravestone you were only nineteen
When you joined the great fallen in 1916.
Well I hope you died quick,
And I hope you died clean,
Or, Willy McBride, was is it slow and obscene?

Did they beat the drums slowly? Did they play the fife lowly?
Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down?
Did the band play "The Last Post and Chorus"?
Did the pipes play "The Flowers of the Forest"?

And did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind?
In some loyal heart is your memory enshrined?
And though you died back in 1916,
To that loyal heart you're forever nineteen.
Or are you a stranger without even a name,
Forever enshrined behind some old glass pane,
In an old photograph torn, tattered, and stained
And faded to yellow in a brown leather frame?

Did they beat the drums slowly? Did they play the fife lowly?
Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down?
Did the band play "The Last Post and Chorus"?
Did the pipes play "The Flowers of the Forest"?

The sun's shining down on these green fields of France,
The warm wind blows gently, and the red poppies dance.
The trenches have vanished long under the plow;
No gas, no barbed wire, no guns firing now.
But here in this graveyard, that still no-man's-land,
A thousand white crosses in mute witness stand
To man's blind indifference to his fellow man,
And a whole generation were butchered and damned.

Did they beat the drums slowly, did they play the fife lowly?
Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down?
Did the band play "The Last Post and Chorus"?
Did the pipes play "The Flowers of the Forest"?

And I can't help but wonder, oh, Willy McBride,
Do all those who lie here know why they died?
Did you really believe them when they told you the cause?
Did you really believe that this war would end wars?
Well the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame,
The killing and dying, it was all done in vain.
Oh, Willy McBride, it all happened again
And again, and again, and again, and again.

"Sometimes it is better to light a flamethrower than to curse the darkness."
- Terry Pratchett
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11-11-2010, 11:38 AM
 
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Green Fields of France - Memorial Video
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11-11-2010, 12:48 PM
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Oh wow that's a beautiful song. Sad, but beautiful.

"Remember, my friend, that knowledge is stronger than memory, and we should not trust the weaker." - Dr. Van Helsing, Dracula
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11-11-2010, 02:06 PM
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Ernomous honour to the veterans of the winter war and of the continuation war after it. 337 000–346 500(32 tanks and 112 planes) men fought the attacking 1million(3000 tanks and 3800 planes) Soviets. 25 thousand Finns died or disappeared+43 thousand wounded. 126 thousand Soviets died or disappeared+264 thousand wounded.

It was a victory, although officially the Soviet Union won and took our other hand, a little from out side and a part of our skirt, but Finland didn't become a part of the Soviet Union and by kissing their leaders' asses for the next decades Finland survived.


I personally am not a soldier-type of person, I'd shit my pants and die for just seeing enemy tanks rushing at me. I can not imagine how it feels to be in war, especially when not believing that if you die you go to paradise.

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11-11-2010, 04:58 PM
 
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I hope everyone has a great Veterans Day. I have a strange story I shared in the Politics section of the forum.


"War is hell, but combat is a motherfucker." - Col. David Hackworth, US Army.
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11-11-2010, 07:05 PM
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Thanks to all the veterans out there for your service.

Shackle their minds when they're bent on the cross
When ignorance reigns, life is lost
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11-11-2010, 08:05 PM
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"Those who do not remember the lessons of history are bound to repeat the mistakes of the past." This is not exactly the wording and I don't remember who originally made the original statement, but it is the right sentiment and the most important reason for rememberance day. Forgetting the sacrifices for our freedoms and falling into the mistakes of the past is the worst dishonor we can do for the vetrans who bought us the freedoms we now enjoy.
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