Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Remembrance Day – also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day (the event it commemorates) or Veterans Day – is a day to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war, specifically since the First World War. It is observed on 11 November to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918. The day was specifically dedicated by King George V, on 7 November 1919, to the observance of members of the armed forces who were killed during war; this was possibly done upon the suggestion of Edward George Honey to Wellesley Tudor Pole, who established two ceremonial periods of remembrance based on events in 1917.[1] ( wikipedia)

Now my life is only weeping by Karl Jenkins is part of his new work Stabat Mater and I offer you the clip by Miss Wed combining the song with clips from the Robin Hood series 2. Its a powerful emotional combination.

Remembrance and grief are universal themes and part of our human experience whether in wartime or other times. As leaves fall to earth, as trees are felled and lives end, let us contemplate remembrance and in particular family, friends, fellowship and the fragility of life. (© Anne - downshiftingpath 2008)

Let us not forget.......

1 comment:

Fr. Peter Doodes said...

Hi Anne,

Some 25+ years ago, when our son was small and studying WW1 we took him with our tent to the battlefields. The Somme, Yypres, Vimey Ridge etc and it had a profound effect upon the three of us.

To see Tyne Cott and Langemark cemeteries makes one weep, as do those by the WW2 beaches of Sword, Gold, Juno and the others.

We still return, as a family or individually, it makes one realise just how lucky we are..