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Saturday, 10 November 2012

At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them

Armistice Day

Your son and my son
Are walking free today
Because of all those other sons
Who gave their lives away.

Poppies in November
Scarlet petals fall,
Remember then remember
Their answer to the call.

Flanders fields are green now
And long forgotten wars,
Are buried deep and silent,
Beyond the reach of tears.

The senseless song of war now
Has faded with a sigh;
The blacksmith and the farm boy
Who didn’t want to die

But leaves fall in November
Upon a million graves,
And still above the cenotaph
The flag at half-mast waves

And for all the sons of England
At rest around the world
We stand two minutes silent
With down-cast flags unfurled

Oh long may we remember
In the peace we have today
Our sons, and loves, and brothers,
So long now passed away

And hold aloft the poppy
And give it to a child;
And tell him about Flanders,
Where the poppy’s growing wild.
(c) Mary Rose Hayfield 2006

Tomorrow is the eleventh day of the eleventh month and at the eleventh hour across the United Kingdom, the country will pause for an act of rememberance for two minutes to remember those who have died in battles around the world.

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