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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 6:10 am    Post subject: Remembrance Sunday Reply with quote

In the UK, we have special services to remember those who gave their lives to give us freedom. I don't know if the US has anything similar, but I thought it was important to acknowledge "The Glorious Dead". To this day, we are still fighting to secure peace- which I feel we will never have. In London, they've just had two minutes silence as a mark of respect. I'm watching the service on the television.

We should never forget those who gave their lives for us. They, who died for us so we could live without worry. We will remember them.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think they do have something liek that in America, but I'm not sure.

And thanks for reminding me - I forgot all about it (and it's 11:14!).
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 6:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes... Armistice Day - or Veterans Day as it's known in America now - is today. 11/11. Sadly it seems it's more of an excuse to have a furniture sale now than to honor to people lost over history. Confused
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I have a friend who is in the Royal Marines and I think of him whenever they're out in Afghanistan- hoping that he doesn't get injured. He's 21, already married and has a very young child.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have the Veterans Day today? We have the Fathers' Day. Razz

Our Veterans Day, known as The Remembrance Day of the Fallen Ones (literally translated), is held in May.

The Master wrote:
He's 21, already married and has a very young child.

And he's playing war in Afghanistan? Shocked
I really hope he doesn't get injured - or worse - when he'll be in there. Is he now in the UK or in Afganistan?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Galagoo wrote:
The Master wrote:
He's 21, already married and has a very young child.

And he's playing war in Afghanistan? Shocked
I really hope he doesn't get injured - or worse - when he'll be in there. Is he now in the UK or in Afganistan?


He's not playing war-> you shouldn't really joke about it. War is not nice. At the moment, he's based in Scotland.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My cousin, who's in his twenties, was in Iraq, then Afgjanistan, and then had to go back to Iraq, where his service was always being extended. Luckily, him and his wife are back safly now. He was a Captain in the US Army.

Btw, I didn't know it was Veteran's day. In America, we also have Memorial Day in May.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tM, I'd gamble that Galagoo just made some sort of cross-language grammatical error and used the wrong word, not some sort of strange war-joke. Confused
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Master wrote:
Galagoo wrote:
The Master wrote:
He's 21, already married and has a very young child.

And he's playing war in Afghanistan? Shocked
I really hope he doesn't get injured - or worse - when he'll be in there. Is he now in the UK or in Afganistan?


He's not playing war-> you shouldn't really joke about it. War is not nice.

I know, I know. I just had to choose "play", for I didn't know any more proper verb (and it had so an ironic connotation).

Probably not the wisest verb to choose, though.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DonSolo wrote:
Yes... Armistice Day - or Veterans Day as it's known in America now - is today. 11/11. Sadly it seems it's more of an excuse to have a furniture sale now than to honor to people lost over history. Confused


A most sad and unfortunate truth. I feel that's happened to most our holidays, actually. Thanksgiving is pretty much the only one that still holds it's original meaning.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

^And that doesn't even hold it completely Sad
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Then what about all of those "Thanksgiving sales" the States has?

In Canada it'scalled Remembrance day as well. And for that I am aware of, there aren't sales and things during this day. The only thing Stores do differently besides everyone wearing a poppy, is at 11:11am they stop for a moment of silence.

Its sad though, we had our Remembrance Day assembly on Friday and none of the students seem to show any respect for what Remembrance day means. It's sad.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here in the states, they have a sale for every day that is different from the others in an attempt to market holidays. It is also a day of school here. I don't know if they do anything other here for it except have about 5 seconds of silence. They don't even wear poppies. Most of my friends didn't even know it was veteran's day until Friday. Even then, we didn't have an assembly about it. It really is very sad. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At our school, we had an assembly with veterans and the Patriot Guard Riders. They're vets who protect fallen soldiers familes from protesters.
Otherwise, nothing happened.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had to march through town with my CCF regiment today, so many people were crying. And last year we went on a battlefields trip to France and Belgium. Just brings a lump to your throat the number of people who died.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had 4+ relatives in some branch of the army. Sadly, they are all dead Sad Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

20 Years in the RAF so far and still going... today is one of the few days that the British in general seem to think about their military...

Let us never forget!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

commanderbly42 wrote:
Here in the states, they have a sale for every day that is different from the others in an attempt to market holidays. It is also a day of school here. I don't know if they do anything other here for it except have about 5 seconds of silence. Even then, we didn't have an assembly about it. It really is very sad. Crying or Very sad
Bly, thank you for saying nicely what Don and Scitvs said in a sarcastic way.

I find personally that I can have nothing against the "marketing of holidays." Contrary to popular belief, things were not so ideal before the advent of Black-Friday rushes and clearance sales. Since the 1950s, there has been American (dareIsay Western) consumerism. And I don't know how much better Christmas or Thanksgiving or Veteran's Day was before the 50s, but remember that there was never an innocence in American culture. Before consumerism, there was silence, other not-so-voluntary forms of oppression.

Today is Veteran's Day for those in the States. Some of us have tomorrow off, and that's great. I don't closely know any veterans, but my late grandfather served, and I know that there are thousands of kids younger than me (I'm 22), who have already given and continue to give their service to the military profession. So today, with reverence for the danger of their profession, I remember their continuing service and sacrifice.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Master wrote:
Galagoo wrote:
The Master wrote:
He's 21, already married and has a very young child.

And he's playing war in Afghanistan? Shocked
I really hope he doesn't get injured - or worse - when he'll be in there. Is he now in the UK or in Afganistan?


He's not playing war-> you shouldn't really joke about it. War is not nice. At the moment, he's based in Scotland.


I think it's very important to remember that English is not Galagoo's primary language. He wasn't saying anything bad, Master.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just came home from taking care of veterans at a nursing home. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Galagoo wrote:
I know, I know. I just had to choose "play", for I didn't know any more proper verb (and it had so an ironic connotation).

Probably not the wisest verb to choose, though.


Galagoo, don't worry. It's my fault to accuse you. I'm sorry. Wink I can never tell how old some members on here actually are. I was just trying to say that war isn't like that episode of The Simpsons with the "Flying Hellfish". By that, I mean that if you cover a bomb/artillery shell with your helmet- you won't take off into the sky like Grandpa Simpson. Laughing Wink

Perhaps we should have our ages displayed? It would help when we read posts because they're are times when people type the strangest stuff and I just think "How old are they?". Question
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Age got nothing to do with writing skill. Up to about 3-4 years ago, I write like 10 year old, and I was 26 then. I'm sure there are some old members here who remember my original writing style. Razz

My point, not everyone have same writing skills based on age, ( or pretty much anything else ).

Of course, not everyone have English as first language, not even some Americans ( such as myself ), so pegging age on english skills really are unfair.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, I meant day off school in my earlier post.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Previous comments removed. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounded increadibly rude, patronising and condesending.

Nice one TM
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm trying to make him feel better by cracking a joke! Shocked Of course, I'm always wrong, aren't I? Confused Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. Razz
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Master wrote:
Galagoo wrote:
I know, I know. I just had to choose "play", for I didn't know any more proper verb (and it had so an ironic connotation).

Probably not the wisest verb to choose, though.


Galagoo, don't worry. It's my fault to accuse you. I'm sorry. Wink I can never tell how old some members on here actually are. I was just trying to say that war isn't like that episode of The Simpsons with the "Flying Hellfish". By that, I mean that if you cover a bomb/artillery shell with your helmet- you won't take off into the sky like Grandpa Simpson. Laughing Wink

Grandpa would have been ground meat if he had done it in the real world. Razz

I do know how raw and ugly war is. Have you ever read novels by Sven Hassel? They're very violent, bloody, awful and melancoly, and hence very realistic (far more realistic than some of the McLeans novels).
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a minutes silence today, before the kick off of the footie match I was playing. (Soccer to all you yanks!! Wink )
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Galagoo wrote:
I do know how raw and ugly war is. Have you ever read novels by Sven Hassel? They're very violent, bloody, awful and melancoly, and hence very realistic (far more realistic than some of the McLeans novels).


I've not read the books I'm afraid. Are they based on real life? My bookshelf is full of military books- all of which have been written on real life experiences. I have a few on World War One but many on World War Two. At the moment, I'm buying books written by those who have served in the current Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts.
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