Monday, November 11, 2013

Remembrance Day thoughts

I currently have a nephew in the armed forces, so this is a special day to say thank you to all of the young men and women who serve and protect our rights and freedoms. 
Here are some songs  and poems that pay tribute to the fallen

The Top 10 Remembrance Day Songs from top country Canada

Some poems for Remembrance Day
Remembrance, a hymn for Remembrance Day - Charles Henrywood has written words that encompass a wide range of those who suffer as a result of war and the words may be sung to the tune of Finlandia by Sibelius. In notes accompanying his hymn he explains how the words came about and how they have already been used in Remembrance events.
Taking a stand - a soldier's response to those who object at soldiers' funerals
We who remain. The reflections of a serving soldier as he waits to go to a Remembrance event.
The Vision - The Angel of Mons - Peter Summers' poem poses some important questions.
Remember Me - What the dead might say if only they could speak.
Home at Last - Former soldier, Tony Church, describes the events and significance of the return of a soldier's body to the UK.
Sunset vigil - Sgt Andy McFarlane. This records the send-off of a dead soldier from Afghanistan, the ceremony and effect on the soldiers.
I do not know your name - by Kenny Martin. After a visit to war graves the poet reflects on the soldier's lot and is moved. It has been read at many Remembrance Day events.
The Crosses - The author regrets that the numbers of crosses continues to grow.
Remembrance Day - the mixed feelings of a Second World War soldier as he remembers the reality of war. Namur King (1915-1968)
Memories of past times - On remembrance day an old soldier remembers his lost friends and feels alone.
To the few - A view of remembrance day.
Do you know - A soldier asks for understanding appreciation and love.
Some Corner of a Foreign Field - How the great losses of the First World War came about. The coercion, the propaganda, the innocence of the volunteer, the hugeness of the loss.
I Went to See the Soldiers - Reflections on the soldier's lot.
New Generation Veterans - David J Delaney (Australia). It's not just the soldiers of long ago that we should remember.
Last Post - Paul du Plessis. Thoughts during the two-minute silence on Remembrance Day in Afghanistan and Britain, with memories of playing Last Post as a bugler at school in South Africa. Paul du Plessis is a retired physician who has spent most of his professional life working with The Salvation Army. Much of his poetry, published on www.thedups.comhas been influenced by his religious and spiritual journey. He lives in Bromley, Kent.
Life and soul of the mess - remembering lost comrades. First of three poems here by John Bailey. He describes how soldiers remain alive in the minds of their comrades.
The Volunteer - about the British Territorial Army and a tribute to an army friend who was killed in Afghanistan. This is a favourite poem of General Petraeus and will be printed at the front of a book about him in 2011/12.
Remembrance Sunday - An old man looks at a photograph and remembers his colleagues. He fears they may be forgotten one day.{Could the author provide her contact details, please?)

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