Found 9th Nov 2008
Remembrance Sunday

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

11 November 2008 marks the ninetieth anniversary of the Armistice, which brought the First World War to an end.

Remembrance Sunday is the day traditionally put aside to remember all those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. On this day people across the nation pause to reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave Service men and women.

The National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall is a unique expression of national homage devoted to the remembrance of those who have given their lives in war. It was originally conceived as a commemoration of the war dead of the First World War but after the Second World War the scope of the ceremony was extended to focus on the nation's dead of both World Wars, and in 1980 it was widened once again to extend the remembrance to all who have suffered and died in conflict in the service of their country and all those who mourn them.

The service at the Cenotaph is framed to ensure that no-one is forgotten. The wreath laid by The Queen and the other tributes placed on the Cenotaph are dedicated to all who have suffered or died in war. Members of the Cabinet, Opposition Party leaders, former Prime Ministers and certain other Ministers and the Mayor of London are invited to attend the ceremony, along with representatives of the Armed Forces, Merchant Air and Navy and Fishing Fleets, and members of faith communities. High Commissioners from Commonwealth countries also attend the ceremony and lay wreaths at the Cenotaph.
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[CENTER][COLOR=#000000]Remembrance Day is here again,[/COLOR]
[COLOR=#000000]On this day we remember all those who were slain.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=#000000]The ones they left behind have endured much sorrow and pain.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=#000000]But rest assured,[/COLOR]
[COLOR=#000000]the whole world knows those brave ones didn't die in vain. [/COLOR]
[COLOR=#000000]The poppies that you see people wear,[/COLOR]
[COLOR=#000000]Are there to show you they still care.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=#000000]We open our hearts so that we can share,[/COLOR]
[COLOR=#000000]A moment of silence, and offer a prayer. [/COLOR][/CENTER]

[COLOR=#000000]To all the soldiers who died saving our country. [CENTER]~~By Patti Joyce.~~[/CENTER]
[SIZE=1][FONT=Arial]by Billy Rose[/FONT][/SIZE][/CENTER]

[SIZE=4]There's a graveyard near the White House
Where the Unknown Soldier lies,
And the flowers there are sprinkled
With the tears from mother's eyes.

I stood there not so long ago
With roses for the brave,
And suddenly I heard a voice
Speak from out the grave:

"I am the Unknown Soldier,"
The spirit voice began,
" And I think I have the right
To ask some questions man to man.

Are my buddies taken care of?
Was their victory so sweet?
Is that big reward you offered
Selling pencils on the street?

Did they really win the freedom
They battled to achieve?
Do you still respect that Croix de Guerre
Above that empty sleeve?

Does a gold star in the window
Now mean anything at all?
I wonder how my old girl feels
When she hears a bugle call.

And that baby who sang
'Hello, Central, give me no man's land'-
Can they replace her daddy
With a military band?"

"I wonder if the profiteers
Have satisfied their greed?
I wonder if a soldier's mother
Ever is in need?

'I wonder if the kings, who planned it all
Are really satisfied?
They played their game of checkers
And eleven million died.

'I am the Unknown Soldier
And maybe I died in vain,
But if I were alive and my country called,
I'd do it all over again."[/SIZE]
[SIZE="2"][SIZE="3"][SIZE="2"][CENTER]They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.[/CENTER]
my uncles all served in the war - one was a navigator and he recently showed me his flight log, all the bom,bing raids etc , realy sad not many navigators came back 1 in 3 apparently you know he still gets up every mmorning at 6.00 a.m. dresses shaves and puts a tie on, he is 86
God bless all the soldiers/sailors and airmen who fought for our freedom.
In my thoughts today x
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