Saturday, November 14, 2009

Day 38: Remembrance Day

Shortly after "Remember Remember the 5th of November" comes "Remembrance Day" on Nov. 11. It, I believe, has the same origins as Veterans' Day in the U.S. from I believe the treaty that ended World War I.

Yet the Brits are much better at remembering their dead and in battle. Imitation Red Poppies, recall the poem, Flander's Field in which poppies grow where soldiers were gassed, are sold without a fixed price by the millions, and they adorn lapels in equal numbers for the weeks and days leading up to Remembrance Day. Last year, 31 M pounds were raised to help memorialize veterans and help surviving families (as the past head of a non-profit, I do wonder where all the money goes and how it's used...).

A two minute silence is observed by most institutions in England on this day, and on the days leading up to Remembrance Day. The talks in my LDS sacrament meeting the Sunday before were filled with the history of Remembrance Day, the bugles, Flander's Field, and brave Japanese-American units who fought in World War II. I confess I have never seen anything like it, except for pre-Sunday July 4th celebrations. We also had two minutes of silence during Sacrament Meeting.

It made me feel like I need to get to know more war dead to think about and pay tribute to on future Remembrance Days.

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