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The 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month. The signing of the Armistice bringing "The War to End All Wars" to a close. 

If only that it had ended all wars. 

Today we celebrate Veteran's Day to honor those who have, and those who are, serving in our Armed Forces. This holiday was originally called Armistice Day, to celebrate the end of World War One. Out of that war came a poem, and a symbol, of the sadness of war. 

If you see someone selling a paper poppy today, buy one. Place it on your lapel, and let this poem remind you... 

In Flanders Fields

BY JOHN MCCRAE

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. 

 

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/47380/in-flanders-fields

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A big thank you to all veterans who faithfully served their countries, not only during times of conflict but during times of relative quiet.

I take this day in particular to remember those in my family who served in both the Great War and World War II, sadly all are gone now but not forgotten.

Here are the only 2 photos I have of my Dad who served in the Royal Navy during WWII.  Summer whites was taken in May of 1943 and the other one taken in December of 1944.

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