Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Eleventh Hour..



Remembrance Day ceremonies will be held around the world today in memory of the signing of the armistice ending hostilities in western Europe, signed at 11am on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, the official end to WW1 came with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles six months later. It was originally suggested there be a five minute silence to pay respect to the soldiers killed during this horrendous war, then two minutes and now it seems the most we can spare is one and if not actually at a service it's noticeable how many don't even observe this. It worries me that 'lest we forget' is losing it's significance amidst the horrors of today and we are forgetting.. what do you think? Gosh I'm a cheery chappie today :) makes you think though oui! Happy Tuesday, take care..


34 comments:

  1. We only read about it in the papers. Not that many Swedes took part in the two world wars. I am a bit worried about how the world looks today.

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  2. Sad, but beautiful post for the day and I'm afraid the world in general has learned nothing from the horror of two world wars! Hope you have a good week, Grace!!

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  3. Sadly, I think we have forgotten...at least we do for most of the year. WWI was the war to end all wars but look what's going on NOW! Your photos are perfect, Grace.

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  4. Very nice post. LOVE the blues too.

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  5. The poppies seem to be very popular here this year because of everything going on in the world.

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  6. Well said. Here in the States, we'll mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month with Veterans Day. It's one of the few holidays here that actually is observed on its official day (rather than having it on a Monday and parlaying it into a 3 day weekend). We have a big Veterans Day parade in Sarasota -- one of the few cities in the area that still has such an event. I'll be there thanking our veterans.

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  7. Well, there will be the usual ceremony here... it's certainly not forgotten in France.

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  8. We will celebrate tomorrow; And I'm already thinking about it and of some members of my family.Maybe some forget, i don't.

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  9. The memorial looks very good with its mass planting. Yes, we are losing our history as less is made of Remembrance Day, but ANZAC Day is as strong as ever and maybe one day a year is enough to remember the fallen.

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  10. A wonderful tribute to a special day. Beautiful flowers round this memorial.

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  11. Je pense qu'il n'y a plus beaucoup de monde qui savent ce qu'a été l'horrible première guerre. Nous avons eu la chance de l'apprendre au cours d'histoire mais les cours d'histoire ont été supprimé.

    Bonne soirée

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  12. The hundredth anniversary has brought the Great War home to many people this year. The only problem, mentioned on my other blog, is that some of the events are just that 'events' not commemorations. A great many failed to observe the silence, which will be observed tomorrow at 11 am throughout the nation whether they like it or not.

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  13. My grandma survived both wars. It's not that I don't think about those poor people who died for their idea and for their families. But there were many wars before then and after that and even still going on, maybe we should give them some thoughts also.
    I would like to have a world memorial day, so all people from all over the world would think on the same day about the dead and the surviving. More important would be to think about an idea on how to go on in our lives without any war.
    I already have an idea: Let those two persons, who want to start a war, fight between the two of them. By playing chess or maybe mud wrestling or whatever. Then only those two get hurt and noone else. And it's much cheaper than paying for an army and an air force and the supplies.
    Just dreaming...

    I will light a candle for all those who have been hurt before or will be hurt in future because of one person that couldn't/can't get enough.

    ♡ Knipsa

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  14. 11.11.11 May we always remember.

    I've not seen one of the poppies since moving to FL.

    Nice photos Grace.

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  15. Beautiful. Here the city stops at that hour, and the occasion is marked.

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  16. Sadly not everyone has learned from the horrors of the wars, and there are still many conflicts around the world! Didn't know that originally there had been a 5 min silence and is now down to only 1 minute...

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  17. Beautiful pictures Grace. It is Veterans Day for us here in the states, a federal holiday, so there will be parades and tributes everywhere.

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  18. A very nice remembrance, Grace. I have decided not to show any WWI photos tomorrow. I haven't come across anything suitable recently and don't feel like dipping into my archives. Sorry!

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  19. Oui, mon ami. Well done.


    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
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  20. beautiful post. yes I think too we are forgetting.

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  21. We observe the day in the U.S. It's the subject of my Tuesday post as well. Not many people pay attention to it. We had more marchers than spectators at our parade last Saturday.

    I see you survived your flights in good shape.

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  22. Beautiful post, Grace. My dad served in World War II, as well as three of my uncles, who were stationed in the south Pacific.

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  23. Lovely post. I think we remember, Grace. Perhaps with the increased threats from terrorists around the world, people will continue to; I hope so, anyway. We were at the Remembrance Service in London on Sunday - it was absolutely packed. Hope to do a post on it later.

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  24. Nice poppy shot! (hmmm. I like the way that sounds.)

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  25. Good to think some people remember. (Thanks for your kind thoughts)

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  26. There are those of us who will pay tribute......Very nice pot.

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  27. a beautiful memorial...here banks and the post office is closed but school is in session.

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  28. This memorial you have pictures is on of the most beautiful I've seen.

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  29. And to top it off, Grace, on this day at 11:11 am carnival-season started in Cologne, Düsseldorf and Co :-(

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  30. 100 years from the beginning of the 1rst world war. Imagine...! Beautiful images! My greetings!

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