Remembrance Day – Veterans Day – 2011

Posted on Fri 11/11/2011 by

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As the Great War (World War 1) was drawing to a close, on the 5th October 1918, the German High Command asked for an immediate Armistice and an end to all hostilities.

Word of this had to be sent down to all the many areas where fighting was still taking place.

The time settled upon was for 11AM on the 11th day of the 11th Month, November, of that same year, 1918.

That time on that day was then forever set in stone as Remembrance Day, or Armistice Day, or, as it is called in the U.S. Veterans Day.

From that day on, this time on that date is set down so that we can be reminded never to let anything of this scale happen ever again.

That was soon forgotten, and to this day, conflicts still rage all across the Planet, but this day is still observed.

In some Countries, one of them Australia, the day is observed by the wearing of a small red Poppy on the left breast to signify the importance of the day.

This flower was selected mainly because it was the most common all across the largest field of battle in that terrible War, all along the Somme River, also referred to as The Western Front, where the battle raged along a very long and changing front for almost the whole four years duration of that War.

That region was in the Flanders area, and the wildflower is the Flanders Poppy, a brilliant red flower growing wild in that area.

Here in Australia, we observe the day with the wearing of the Poppy, and at 11AM, two minutes (sometimes only one minute) of silence is observed.

We also have an Ode Of Remembrance which is said immediately following that observance of silence. That Ode is one verse from the poem ‘For The Fallen‘ written by Englishman Laurence Binyon. At the end of this short verse Australia has added the line from the poem ‘Recessional’ by Rudyard Kipling, that line being ‘Lest We Forget’.

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.
Lest we forget.

The observance of this day is a solemn occasion, not only here in Australia, but across the whole World.

Australia had a fine tradition of service during this Great War, stemming right from the outbreak of hostilities in 1914, when Australians first went off to Europe to serve.

As an Australian force, and under the sole control of Australian senior officers, as well as English senior officers, Australia’s first campaign was at Gallipoli in Turkey. The date of that original landing was April 25th 1915, and that day is observed each year as ANZAC Day.

An Australian actually had a major role in the ending of that Great War, Lieutenant General Sir John Monash, who led many of the major battles that led to the ending of the War.

John Monash also has a close association with the U.S. To this date, he is the only Non U.S. person to lead U.S. forces in any battle at any time.

I have detailed some of the history of John Monash, and this association with the U.S. as well as details of some of the major battles he controlled at the end of that war. That Post is at the following link.

Remembrance Day And The Importance Of Australia’s General Sir John Monash

This day is a day when we remember the meaning of what this special day signifies, as well as remembering all those men who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their Country in every conflict.

Lest We Forget.

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