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09 November 2009 @ 05:11 pm
I had intended to start this yesterday...

For the next three days I will (read:plan to) post relevant to the time.

In Flanders Fields

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.
~~John McCrae (1872-1918)
JK, Action Archivist Wannabe: [Whoniverse] Remembranceashavah on November 10th, 2009 11:18 am (UTC)
Not sure what it is that you guys have in the States at this time of year - is it Veterans' Day? - but we have Remembrance Day, which is the second biggest commemorative event of the year, and ... is a really big deal for me. Tomorrow, I will be at the national Remembrance Day ceremony here in Canberra, paying my respects.

And I'm ... using this comment as an excuse to use this icon, which I very rarely get to use.
JK, Action Archivist Wannabe: [Misc] Poppiesashavah on November 10th, 2009 11:30 am (UTC)
And in case you didn't know, In Flanders' Fields is incredibly popular for commemorative ceremonies here in Australia, too. Which makes sense, as there are some 50 000 Australians buried in France and Belgium so we, like the Canadians have lost a lot to those poppy-laden fields.
jpgr: Misc Flandersjpgr on November 10th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
It's used everywhere at this time so I thought it was a good place to start. ANd I do know of the sacrifices made by Australia due mainly to one word: Gallipoli.
JK, Action Archivist Wannabe: [Misc] Poppiesashavah on November 10th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
Heh, I realise now that comment must have sounded pretty big-notey. I wasn't trying to boast about how much we did or anything, just to say that the poem, though Canadian, resonates really strongly with us. It's a great place to start.
jpgr: Castle Ear Pulljpgr on November 10th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
I believe it's true that there are those that do forget Australian was involved because of the country's location. They forget that it was part of the British Empire (or were they commonwealthy by then? not sure of the dates) and felt it their duty to fight.
JK, Action Archivist Wannabe: [Whoniverse] Remembranceashavah on November 11th, 2009 09:49 am (UTC)
Eh, it was still very much an Empire attitude, and you see official stats from the time published as "empire", though Australia federated as a nation in 1901 - still a very young nation.

I think we may tend to get overprotective of our own military history because we're so proud of it as a nation. ;)
coquillage: castle writingcoquillagement on November 10th, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
Hey, nice commemorative, but I don't get the 3 days, what am I missing?

You added Castle to your fandoms, cute! (But it has been pedestrian the past 2 weeks, no?)
jpgr: Misc Flandersjpgr on November 10th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
My reasoning is that Sunday was Remembrance Day in the UK and tomorrow is Veterans' Day here so it is my attempt at a link of sorts.

Yes, Castle hasn't been much to write about these last 2 weeks. I guess they thought everyone would need to rest after the squeefest that was "Vampire's Weekend" :)