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    When I was child in the 1930s, Armistice Day was widely celebrated and this poem recited.
    Virtually every able bodied man of age was a WWI veteran.
    My three eldest uncles served in France in WW1, two wounded, one gassed, but all came home to live to be 105,101 and 100 years old. Seven of my older cousins served in WWII, five came home, three with Purple Hearts, one survived a few years before dying of service related injury.
    The only son of the 105 WWI vet, a two time Oklahoma state wrestling champion with scholarship to University of Oklahoma, enlisted in Marines on Dec 8, 1941, ironically survived the South Pacific Islands tour on the ground with many honors.
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    This thread prompted me to think about other war remembrances, and I wrote something to post but then recalled that I had written something very similar on another thread. No poetry involved here, but relevant to this day.

    https://trackandfieldnews.com/discus...ater&p=2704688
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    When I was a kid in the 70s, the WW2 veterans were the great men of the neighborhood/town/state/nation. My mother always made sure we knew of their deeds and that we showed them great respect and told them how grateful we were. Long before I was born of course two from the neighborhood never came back, they died in Europe, one in the battle of the buldge. Mother would tell us about how that one went away at 18 and she would tell us what a great guy he was before he left. Never a year would go by without some mention of him and what a great loss it was. Three uncle's came back alive, two from the Pacific. One of them had a son, who became a decorated Vietnam vet. All at rest now.

    Father was veteran in the period between Korea and Vietnam.
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    One of the things the Premier League does exceptionally well - https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1909397179129697

    Edit. It is something the British do exceptionally well, a real reverence is observed on Remembrance Day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bhall View Post
    One of the things the Premier League does exceptionally well - https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1909397179129697

    Edit. It is something the British do exceptionally well, a real reverence is observed on Remembrance Day.
    Something to be said for a moment of silence, much more powerful at these times than any anthem.

    One of the earliest and greatest of memorials:

    https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Simonides_of_Ceos
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    Is there ANYTHING that The Onion won't turn into an attempt at humor?

    https://local.theonion.com/area-man-...ndy-1839869482

    smh
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    tell them it's a bit of poetry that all Canadian kids learn (or, back in the day, used to) in elementary school.
    I definitely remember this poem from my Midwest middle school.
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